Andrews Govt Appoints Administrators To Central Goldfields Shire Council

Andrews Govt Appoints Administrators To Central Goldfields Shire Council

Victoria Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz

Administrators To Oversee Central Goldfields Shire Council

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government has appointed 3 long-term administrators to restore good governance and operations at Central Goldfields Shire Council.

Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz announced the appointments today to address a wide range of failures within council.

“This is a big turning point for ratepayers in Central Goldfields, who will now get the level of governance and service they deserve.” Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz said.

“These administrators have the skills and experience to lead the council and will be a strong voice for locals until the next election.”

Mr. Noel Harvey, the Hon Hugh Delahunty and Ms. Karen Douglas have been appointed until the next general council elections in October 2020, with Mr. Harvey to take on the role of Chairperson.

Mr. Harvey is a former Mayor and councillor for the Shire of Kyneton and the Shire of Macedon Ranges and the former Chief Commissioner for the Shire of Hepburn.

He has also held a number of previous board positions, including as a member of the Central Goldfields Library Corporation from 1995 to 2003.

Mr. Delahunty is a former councillor for both Horsham Rural City Council and Horsham City Council, where he also served as Mayor for 2 terms. He was Victoria’s Minister for Sport and Recreation (2010-14) and Minister for Veteran’s Affairs (2010-2014).

Ms. Douglas has extensive experience advocating for regional communities through her 10 years as a councillor for Northern Grampians Council, including four as Mayor.

Panel of administrators will also ensure issues important to ratepayers are acknowledged, with both Mr. Delahunty and Ms. Douglas bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge of farming and rural affairs to the role.

3-year appointment period will allow the administrators to properly embed best practice within council to ensure it is functioning to its full capacity by 2020.