Interim Administrator

Overview

The appointment of Mr Viv May PSM as an Interim Administrator for Wingecarribee Shire Council follows the suspension of the Councillors for a period of three months made by Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock on 12 March 2021.

The Administrator will act as the Council, effectively replacing the role previously performed by the Mayor and Councillors. 

For information about the role of an interim administrator, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

To make a confidential  appointment with Mr May please call 02 4868 0714 or email bobbiejo.gordon@wsc.nsw.gov.au. A number of outreach visits have been scheduled across the Shire to allow for meetings to take place within your community.

Interim Administrator Minute

Minutes tabled by the Interim Administrator at Council meetings can be viewed as separate documents attached to the business papers

To view the Interim Administrator Minute from previous meetings, please see the below documents;

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)

Media Releases

Information issued via media release can be viewed at media.wsc.nsw.gov.au.

Key announcements are listed below:

Wingecarribee Shire Council Suspended

Interim Administrator Calls for Resident Feedback

Interim Administrator Announces Executive Resignations

Extraordinary Meeting to Introduce Administrator

Community Reps Called for Local Planning Panel

Interim Administrator Calls For Greater Project Transparency

Interim Administrator To Visit Shire’s Villages

Interim Administrator – Frequently Asked Questions

An interim 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?

The administration period has been set by the Minister for three months. The term of administration may be extended if the duration of the council suspension is extended. The administrator will be required to prepare a final written report no fewer than 14 days before the end of the suspension period. 

All Councillors and the Acting General Manager will be advised by the Minister when the suspension period has ended.

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 Interim 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 Acting 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 Interim Administrator, please phone 02 4868 0714 or via email interim.admin@wsc.nsw.gov.au.

Please note that any correspondence marked confidential and addressed to Mr Viv May, Interim 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.

Interim Administrator Outreach Visits

The Interim Administrator, Mr Viv May, would like to meet with community members in each village/town and has announced the calendar of visits below. 

Residents wishing to meet with Mr May can make a confidential appointment to see him while he is in their area by calling 4868 0714 or email to Bobbiejo.Gordon@wsc.nsw.gov.au.

Anybody who has specific concerns and is unable to meet at these locations can contact the Interim Administrator direct via email to interim.admin@wsc.nsw.gov.au or phone his office on 4868 0714 to book a private appointment at another time.

Location

Appointments Available

(Venues will be confirmed via Appointment)

Balmoral Monday 26 April 2021 between 4pm and 6.30pm
Berrima  Friday 14 May 2021 between 1pm and 3.30pm
Bowral Thursday 29 April 2021 between 9am and 5pm 
Bundanoon Wednesday 28 April 2021 between 5pm and 7pm
Burrawang Monday 19 April 2021 between 3pm and 5.30pm
Canyonleigh Monday 10 May 2021 between 4pm and 6pm
Colo Vale Monday 26 April 2021 between 10.30am and 12 noon
Exeter  Wednesday 28 April 2021 between 1pm and 3pm
Hill Top Monday 26 April 2021 between 12.30pm and 3.30pm
Mittagong Thursday 6 May 2021 between 2pm and 6pm
Moss Vale Tuesday 27 April 2021 between 9am and 3pm
New Berrima Friday 14 May 2021 between 4.30pm and 6pm
Penrose Thursday 22 April 2021 between 5.30pm and 7pm
Robertson Tuesday 11 May 2021 between 12.30pm and 3pm
Wingello Saturday 24 April 2021 between 1.30pm and 4pm
Wombeyan Caves Road area  Saturday 15 May 2021 between 11.00am and 1.00pm
Yerrinbool Thursday 6 May 2021 between 11.30am and 1pm