Public Inquiry

On 26 April 2021, the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Shelley Hancock MP appointed Roslyn McCulloch as Commissioner to hold a Public Inquiry under section 438U of the Local Government Act 1993 into Central Coast Council. An Information Paper and list of submissions has been published at the NSW Office of Local Government website. 

Terms of Reference 

The Terms of Reference for the Public Inquiry are:

To inquire and report to the Minister for Local Government with respect to whether:

  1. In exercising its functions pursuant to sections 21, 22, 23, 23A and 24 of the LG Act, the governing body met its obligations in a manner consistent with sections 8A(1)(b), 8B(a), 8B(c) and 8B(d) of the LG Act, particularly in relation to:
    a. Whether the governing body acted in a manner that maximised the success of gaining efficiencies and financial savings from the merger process,
    b. Whether the governing body disregarded the financial consequences of its decisions, and
    c. Whether the governing body’s decisions since 2017 contributed to the financial position which the Council now finds itself in.
  2. In exercising its functions pursuant to section 223 of the LG Act, the governing body ensured:
    a. As far as possible, that decisions taken by it had regard to the financial sustainability of the council, and
    b. That it kept under review the performance of the council, including that council spending was responsible and sustainable by aligning general revenue and expenses.
  3. Any other matter that warrants mention, particularly those that may impact on the effective administration of Council’s functions and responsibilities or the community’s confidence in the Council being able to do so.

The Commissioner may make recommendations as the Commissioner sees fit having regard to the outcomes of the Inquiry, including whether all civic offices at Central Coast Council should be declared vacant.

Source: NSW Office of Local Government website.

Public Inquiry Report

On 17 March 2022 Minister for Local Government, the Hon Wendy Tuckerman MP, tabled the report into the Public Inquiry of Central Coast Council.

Commissioner Roslyn McCullouch made eight recommendations, including that an Administrator be appointed to serve until the Central Coast Council (CCC) election, the date of which will be determined in consultation with the NSW Electoral Commission.

Source: NSW Office of Local Government website.

Administrators Message - Central Coast Council Public Inquiry Report - available here

The Central Coast Council Public Inquiry Report can be viewed here


Proactive release of information

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Last updated : Thu 7 Apr 2022