Walgett Shire Council Public Inquiry (2004)
On 25th February 2004 the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Tony Kelly MLC, announced a formal public inquiry into Walgett Shire Council.
The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry were:
“To inquire, report and make appropriate recommendations to the Minister for Local Government on the efficiency and effectiveness of the governance of Walgett Shire Council.
The Inquiry will have particular regard to:
Whether the elected representatives have been and will continue to be in a position to direct and control the affairs of Council in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, so that Council may fulfil the Charter, provisions and intent of the Local Government Act 1993 and otherwise fulfil its statutory functions;
The conduct of elected representatives of Council (whether individually or collectively as the governing body);
Any other matter that warrants mention, particularly where it may impact on the effective administration of the area and/or the management of and working relationships within the Council.
The Commissioner may make other recommendations as he sees fit, including whether all civic offices in relation to the Council should be declared vacant so as to ensure that an appropriate structure can be put in place to provide optimum community leadership.”
Appointed Commissioner: Mr Robert Bulford.