Administrator Appointment


  • Administrator - Rik Hart

Administrator Appointment 

Mr Rik Hart is the Administrator for Central Coast Council, appointed by the then Minister for Local Government, the Hon Shelley Hancock MP. This followed the Minister’s announcement on 26 April 2021 of a formal Public Inquiry into Central Coast Council led by Commissioner Ms Roslyn McCulloch.

The Council was suspended on 30 October 2020 and the formal inquiry meant that the local government elections scheduled for September 2021 were postponed until late 2022 for Central Coast Council, the date of which will be determined in consultation with the NSW Electoral Commission. 

The Administrator acts as the Council, effectively replacing the role previously performed by the Mayor and Councillors. Mr Hart assumed the role of Administrator from Mr Dick Persson AM who had been in the role since October 2020.

On 17 March 2022, Minister for Local Government, Wendy Tuckerman tabled the report into the Public Inquiry into Central Coast Council, and took action to terminate all suspended Councillors, effective immediately.

For information about the role of an Administrator, please read our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Administrator’s Reports

Administrator's Columns and Media Releases

E.g., 19/06/2022
E.g., 19/06/2022
Title Datesort descending
Administrator's Column - Referendum - March 3 3 Mar 2021
Administrator’s Column – The human side of the Financial Crisis - 10 March 2021 10 Mar 2021
Administrator's Column - March 15 15 Mar 2021
Administrator’s Weekly column - March 15 2021 15 Mar 2021
Administrator’s Column - Managing the Channel – 23 March 2021 23 Mar 2021
Administrator’s Column – Coast Shelter – 26 March 2021 26 Mar 2021
Administrator welcomes findings and recommendations of the Independent Review of Council’s management of open coast lagoons 6 Apr 2021
Administrator’s Column – Flood Recovery 6 Apr 2021
Administrator’s Column – A new chapter at Central Coast Council 12 Apr 2021
Office of the Administrator Media Release - Administrator recommends the Minister do what is necessary to keep the Councillors out 15 Apr 2021
Administrator’s Column – Final Report – 19 April 19 Apr 2021
Administrator’s call for a public inquiry and further suspension of Councillors is heard by the Minister 26 Apr 2021
Administrator calls for community consultation on proposed property sales 27 Apr 2021
Administrator’s Column – Asset sales consultation now open! 3 May 2021
Administrator’s Final Column – 10 May 2021 10 May 2021
Office of the Administrator Media Release - Administrator’s final call to Minister – dismissed Councillors should not run at next election 12 May 2021
Office of the Administrator Media Release - Administrator welcomes IPART’s decision however insists it’s not enough to provide long term financial sustainability 17 May 2021
Administrator’s Column – Business Recovery Plan 24 May 2021
Administrator’s Column – Reconciliation Week 31 May 2021
Administrator’s Column – Extraordinary Council meeting Auditor General’s Report 4 Jun 2021


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Last updated : Wed 11 May 2022