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Warringah Council Public Inquiry (2003)

On 15 January 2003 the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Harry Woods MP, announced a formal public inquiry into Warringah Council.

The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry were:

“To inquire, report and provide recommendations to the Minister for Local Government on the efficiency and effectiveness of the governance of Warringah Council.

The Inquiry will have particular regard to:

  1. the conduct of elected representatives of Council (whether individually or collectively as the governing body of Council); and
  2. whether the elected representatives command the community’s confidence and support as to their capability, and 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 Commissioner may make other recommendations as he sees fit, including whether all civic offices in relation to 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: Emeritus Professor Maurice Daly BA PhD MIMC.

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