The appointment of Mr Viv May PSM as an Administrator for Wingecarribee Shire Council follows the suspension of the Councillors by Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock on 12 March 2021.
On 1 September 2021, the NSW Government announced a Public Inquiry will be held into Wingecarribee Shire Council. The Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock has also suspended the councillors, reappointed the interim administrator and deferred the 4 December Council election until the public inquiry was completed.
On Thursday 14 July 2022 the Minister for Local Government The Hon Wendy Tuckerman announced that she had accepted the key recommendations from the Commissioner's report.
For information about the role of an interim administrator, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.
To make an appointment with Mr May, please send details of your request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Minutes tabled by the Interim Administrator at Council meetings can be viewed as separate documents attached to the business papers.
To view the Administrator Minute from previous meetings, please see the below documents;
Administrator Minute - General Managers Review(PDF, 162KB)
A Minute Community Update - 17 August 2022(PDF, 202KB)
Appointment of Director Communities and Place(PDF, 210KB)
A Minute Community Update - 20 July 2022(PDF, 152KB)
Government Gazette(PDF, 92KB)
Wingecarribee Shire Council Public Inquiry Commissioners Report(PDF, 5MB)
IA Minute Community Update - 18 May 2022(PDF, 195KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 20 April 2022(PDF, 222KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 16 March 2022(PDF, 220KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 16 February 2022(PDF, 194KB)
Notice of Public Hearings(PDF, 80KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 19 January 2022(PDF, 140KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 8 December 2021(PDF, 148KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 10 November 2021(PDF, 115KB)
IA Public Inquiry Submission - 28 October 2021(PDF, 282KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 13 October 2021(PDF, 146KB)
Postponement of Elections Notice(PDF, 570KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 8 September 2021(PDF, 121KB)
Ltr. from the Office of the Hon. Shelley Hancock MP Public Inquiry(PDF, 344KB)
Reviews and Audits Requested by Interim Administrator - 8 September 2021(PDF, 105KB)
Gazette Notice(PDF, 1MB)
IA Minute Community Update - 30 August 2021(PDF, 142KB)
Memo to IA re Appointment of the Directors(PDF, 235KB)
Memo to IA re Bushfire Review(PDF, 155KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 11 August 2021(PDF, 184KB)
Letter Minister Hancock(PDF, 479KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 28 July 2021(PDF, 176KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 14 July 2021(PDF, 131KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 23 June 2021(PDF, 164KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 9 June 2021(PDF, 260KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 20 May 2021(PDF, 189KB)
IA Minute Vale Terry Oakes-Ash OAM(PDF, 102KB)
IA Minute General Manager Appointment(PDF, 182KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 12 May 2021(PDF, 128KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 21 April 2021(PDF, 84KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 24 March 2021(PDF, 104KB)
IA Minute DSP Charges - 24 March 2021(PDF, 157KB)
IA Minute DSP Charges Motion - 24 March 2021(PDF, 148KB)
IA Minute Community Update - 17 March 2021(PDF, 59KB)
An administrator has been appointed by the State Government under section 438M of the Local Government Act 1993 effective from 12 March 2021 for a period of three months.
Why are we in administration?
The Minister for Local Government, The Hon Shelley Hancock MP has issued a suspension order, suspending all Councillors and the Mayor, and appointed an independent Administrator as the decision-making body of Council.
How long is the administration period?
On Thursday the 27 May 2021, the Minister of Local Government Shelley Hancock, extended Wingecarribee Shire Council suspension for a further three months. The suspension period will now extend until the 10 September 2021.
What is the role of the Administrator?
The Administrator constitutes the Council and must perform all the functions, powers and duties of the Council. The Administrator will effectively act as the Mayor and the Councillors.
The Administrator is also responsible for the implementation of the suspension order and any performance improvement order and reports on progress to the Minister for Local Government.
Who is the Administrator?
Mr Viv May PSM has been appointed as the Shire’s Administrator.
Is the Administrator role full-time?
The Administrator is expected to commit the necessary time to effectively:
- Conduct the relevant council meetings
- Undertake the civic and ceremonial functions of the governing body
Undertake the administrative functions of the role, such as oversight of the General Manager and implementation of any performance improvement orders.
How much is the Administrator being paid and who is footing the bill?
The level of remuneration is generally based on the current level of Councillor and Mayoral fees for Wingecarribee Shire Council as set by the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal.
All remuneration and allowances are paid by Wingecarribee Shire Council.
Where will the Administrator work?
The Administrator will be provided with the office space and other support that was previously provided to the Mayor.
Will the Administrator make all the decisions relating to Council?
The Administrator will work closely with the General Manager and make all decisions that an elected Council would do.
The Administrator will consider all staff reports presented to Council and make decisions. The Administrator will also be able to bring matters to Council via Administrator Minutes.
How do residents raise concerns when there are no Councillors to represent them?
The Administrator is here for residents to contact and engage with.
The role acts as the Council and undertakes the responsibilities of the Mayor and Councillors representing the interests of residents and our communities.
If you would like to contact the Administrator, please phone 02 4868 0714 or via email AdministratorOffice@wsc.nsw.gov.au.
Please note that any correspondence marked confidential and addressed to Mr Viv May, Administrator, will only be opened by Mr May and secured to comply with statutory requirements.
Will Council meetings remain open to the public?
Yes. Under Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, all Council meetings are open to the public and are live-streamed and webcast. Due to the Public Health Orders currently in place, Council Meetings are ticketed to meet social distancing guidelines.
What about day-to-day operations of Council. Have staff been suspended too?
The suspension does not include any staff members of Council. The day-to-day running of Council and delivery of essential services will continue.
What happens to Councillors? Will they still get paid?
During the suspension period, Councillors are suspended from office and as such are not entitled to exercise the functions of civic office or receive any fee or other remuneration.
Councillors will be required to hand over any Council equipment or resources they have for the period of the suspension.
Councillors who are suspended have the same rights as any other member of the public.
What happens at the end of the administration period? Do Councillors come back? Will there be an election? Or will the administrator continue?
On the expiry of the Ministerial suspension order, the Councillors resume office and the Administrator leaves the position.
Councillors who have resigned cannot resume office within this term.
Three Councillors resigned within the current term including Councillors Markwart in mid-2020, Councillor Halstead on 9 March 2021 and Councillor Turland on 12 March 2021.
The Interim Administrator, Mr Viv May PSM commissioned the following independent reports into Council operations:
Review of Council finances
Finch Final Report(PDF, 588KB)
Review of governance, human resources and statutory reporting
WSC Governance Review By Samantha Charlton(PDF, 721KB)
Review of Planning Interim Report
Earnest Consulting Interim Report(PDF, 188KB)
Review of Planning Second Report
Righting the Wrongs Second Report on Planning Development and Regulatory Services(PDF, 207KB)
Council’s response to 2019/20 bushfires
Bushfire Response and Recovery Review 2021(PDF, 12MB)
Current operations of the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter
Animal Shelter Review Report(PDF, 2MB)
Tourism and Economic Development Branch Expenditure Review
Tourism and Economic Development Branch Expenditure Review Finch Consulting REDACTED(PDF, 267KB)
Domestic Waste Management Reserve Review
Domestic Waste Management Reserve Review Finch Consulting(PDF, 233KB)
Wombeyan Caves Road Expenditure Review
Wombeyan Caves Road Expenditure Review June 2021 Finch Consulting(PDF, 232KB)
Purchase Card Review
Purchase Card Review Finch Consulting
Small Business Roundtable
Small Business Roundtable KPMG Report 13 July 2021
Civic Centre refurbishment
Civic Centre Refurbishment Review(PDF, 2MB)
Righting the Wrongs Planning Review Final Report
Righting the Wrongs Planning Review Final Report(PDF, 257KB)
WSC Committee Review Final Report
WSC Committee Review Final Report(PDF, 638KB)