Public Inquiry

Overview

On 1 September 2021 the Minister for Local Government, the Honourable Shelley Hancock MP, announced that Mr Ross Glover had been appointed as Commissioner to hold a public inquiry into Wingecarribee Shire Council and to suspend the Council for a period no later than 30 days after the report of the public inquiry is provided. The Minister has appointed Mr Viv May PSM as Interim Administrator for the period during which Council is suspended. 

The Public Inquiry will provide an opportunity for a public, detailed examination of the issues that have confronted Council. 

Letter to the Interim Administrator from the Office of the Hon. Shelley Hancock MP Ref A787671(PDF, 344KB)

Letter to the General Manager from the Office of the Hon. Shelley Hancock MP Ref A787671(PDF, 355KB)

Shelley Hancock Media Release - Public Inquiry into Wingecarribee Shire Council(PDF, 153KB)

Statement by the Interim Administrator Regarding the Public Inquiry(PDF, 176KB)

Submissions and Hearings

An Information Paper(PDF, 63KB) has been developed to provide guidance on how the Public Inquiry will be conducted including how information will be gathered and the form of public hearings. 
 
The Commissioner wishes to encourage those with an interest to make submissions on matters within the Terms of Reference(PDF, 100KB) to do so in writing by Friday 29 October, 2021.
 
Submissions may be made to:
Mail:  Locked Bag 3004, Nowra NSW 2541

Proactive Release of Information 

Council has determined to proactively release key information provided to the Public Inquiry. Those documents will be provided here. 

Independent reviews - https://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/Council/Administrator#section-5

Wingecarribee Shire Council proactive release of information - Proactive Release of Information - Public Inquiry

Postponement of Election

On 5 September 2021, the Hon. Shelley Hancock, MP, Minister for Local Government,  postponed the elections for Wingecarribee Shire Council until twelve (12) months after the date of the Order under Section318B of the Local Government Act (1993). The order was gazetted on 10 September 2021.  

NSW Government Gazette Number 444 - Local Government - Postponement of Elections for Wingecarribee Shire Council