Port Hedland Council Suspended By Minister

Port Hedland Council Suspended By Minister

Western Australia Minister for Local Government David Templeman

Commissioner Appointed To Administer Town Of Port Hedland

Victor P Taffa

  • Commissioner appointed to run the affairs of the Town of Port Hedland
  • Council suspended following numerous complaints and concerns since early 2018
  • Show Cause Notice issued to the Town in late May

Minister for Local Government David Templeman has suspended the Council of the Town of Port Hedland and appointed a commissioner to administer the Town.

“It is with regret I have had to step in as Minister to suspend the council and appoint a commissioner due to significant complaints and concerns over the past 18 months.” Minister for Local Government David Templeman said.

“Despite the appointment of a mentor last year and the assistance of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, these matters have not been resolved.”

Move follows numerous and ongoing complaints and concerns about the council over the past 18 months.

Hon. Fredrick Riebeling has been appointed commissioner for a period of 6 months. Mr. Riebeling is a councillor with the City of Mandurah, a former president of the Shire of Roebourne, and a former long-time member of the Parliament of Western Australia representing the North-West.

On May 31, 2019, Minister Templeman issued a Show Cause Notice under section 8.15B of the Local Government Act 1995, requiring the Town of Port Hedland to demonstrate within 21 days why its council should not be suspended.