The appointment of Mr Viv May PSM as an Interim Administrator for Wingecarribee Shire Council follows the suspension of the Councillors by Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock on 12 March 2021.
On the 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 is completed.
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 email@example.com.
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 - 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 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?
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Interim Administrator, Mr Viv May PSM commissioned the following independent reports into Council operations:
Viv May PSM, will hold a series of Community Meetings to be held across the Shire's towns and villages.
Each meeting will run from 6:00pm - 7:00pm and feature a brief introduction from the Interim Administrator, followed by a question and answer session. The meeting's will allow residents to ask questions direct of Council, without having to visit the Civic Centre. Questions may be taken on notice and a written response provided after the meeting.
All attendees must secure a ticket before the event, reside in the Shire, show proof of double-vaccination, register their attendance on entry via the sign-in QR code and wear a mask for the duration of the meeting.