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Counsel assisting calls for administration to continue

david parish march 30 2022

The prospects of democracy returning to the Wingecarribee Shire anytime soon are not looking good.

Counsel Assisting David Parish has made less than complimentary submissions about the state of affairs at council and is recommending that council remain in administration until the local government elections in September 2024.

He said there's little reason to think that much would change should the Councillors be returned.

If they were returned, Mr. Parish believes there's the possibility of them undoing reforms undertaken by the interim administrator that would be detrimental to the Shire.

He said to rebuild the Council’s culture and better serve its community, the new general manager needed a period of clear air.

The Commissioner Ross Glover will make his final recommendations later in the year, with a final decision to be made by Local Government Minister Wendy Tuckermann.

Suspended Mayor Duncan Gair said it's not looking good.

"At this stage my feeling is that it is not positive in any way, shape or form for council to be returned, which I believe is a great disappointment for democracy in the Highlands,

"My belief is there no need to wait two years for five decent Councillors to be returned,"Mr. Gair said.

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