Public Inquiry

Overview

Public hearings of the Wingecarribee Shire Council Public Inquiry will commence this Monday 28 March 2022.
A livestream is available on the Inquiry’s website at www.olg.nsw.gov.au/public-inquiries/wingecarribee-shire-council-public-inquiry.
Any enquiries concerning the hearings should be directed to the Officer Assisting the Inquiry at wingecarribee.publicinquiry@olg.nsw.gov.au.

 

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

Public hearings of the Wingecarribee Shire Council Public Inquiry will commence on Monday, 28 March 2022 and will be held at the Wingecarribee Shire Council Chambers, Civic Centre, Elizabeth Street, Moss Vale. It is expected that the hearings will continue until Thursday, 14 April 2022.

The usual sitting hours of the Inquiry will be between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm (with a mid-morning break at approximately 11.30 am) and 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm. Those sitting times are subject to change at the discretion of the Commissioner to ensure the efficient conduct of the public hearings.

To view the full Notice of Public Hearings please see below document:

Notice of Public Hearings(PDF, 80KB)

General Practice Direction for Public Hearings(PDF, 220KB)

Any enquiries concerning the hearings should be directed to the Officer Assisting the Inquiry at wingecarribee.publicinquiry@olg.nsw.gov.au

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 Section 318B 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