Minister Appoints Administrator As Children Spits The Dummy

Minister Appoints Administrator As Children Spits The Dummy

Western Australia Minister for Local Government David Templeman

Commissioner Appointed To Administer Shire Of Perenjori

Victor P Taffa

  • Commissioner appointed to run the affairs of the Shire of Perenjori
  • Show Cause Notice issued to the Shire in May
  • Several councillors have resigned recently leaving the council without a quorum

Minister for Local Government David Templeman has appointed a commissioner to administer the council of the Shire of Perenjori following the resignation of more than half the councillors, resulting in the need to declare the remaining positions vacant.

“It is disappointing when the level of dysfunction within a Council requires intervention by the Minister.” Minister for Local Government David Templeman said.

“Appointing the commissioner to the Shire of Perenjori until an election can be held in May 2020 will provide an appropriate amount of time to properly stabilise the operations of the Shire and to provide good government to the people of the Shire.”

Hon. Paul Omodei will serve as commissioner until a new council is in place following an election to be held on May 30, 2020.

Mr. Omodei is a former Minister for Local Government and former leader of the Liberal Party who represented the seat of Warren-Blackwood for many years.

Mr. Omodei also served as the Commissioner of the Shire of Cue in 2011-12.

Shire of Perenjori is located 350 km north of Perth, in the northern agricultural region, just south-east of Morawa.

In May, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries issued the council with a Show Cause Notice under the Local Government Act 1995, with a response required by June 21, 2019.

Councillors Walk Out

On June 17, 5 of the 9 councillors resigned their positions, leaving the council without a quorum.

Editor Victor P Taffa has seen over many years how Local Government operates in many council areas of Sydney in the State of New South Wales.

Invariably many councillors carry on like children at various councils and the end result is that residents and ratepayers wait many years for a concrete footpath to be constructed in their street.

Grassed verges are lovely however concrete footpaths are required for mothers with strollers, the elderly and the disabled, which provides a firm surface to walk along.

Ryde Council in Sydney took from 1999 until 2016 to complete a concrete footpath on one side of Marsden Road between Winbourne Street and Rutledge Street.

Ryde Council continually presented the Marsden Road footpath project in successive Management Plans as if Ryde Council were building the world’s greatest structure.

On the other side of Marsden Road in neigbouring Parramatta Council the same length of footpath took Parramatta Council about 10 years less to build a concrete footpath.