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Local Government – Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council Performance

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 26 November 2020

Tags: Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Local Government

Dr WOODRUFF - Minister, you issued a performance improvement direction Notice to the Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council in late June this year, which was criticised by the then mayor Debbie Wisby. You were criticised for issuing that performance improvement direction notice, and I think it's a fair point because, isn't it, because your government that created the problem by facilitating a $6 million loan to a tiny rural council from state Treasury with the aim of facilitating a pipeline for water for Tassal?

CHAIR - Dr Woodruff, we've got 60 seconds of this hearing to go. If you want an answer to this question, you need to hurry up.

Dr WOODRUFF - They are the major beneficiaries. Haven't you put the Glamorgan Spring Bay ratepayers in an untenable position to pay back that loan?

Mr SHELTON - First of all, I disagree with your assumption. That isn't correct and that's not why the performance improvement direction notice was put on the council. Through the statement of expectations process, it was identified by the local government specialist working with the Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council that it wasn't in compliance with the act and there were several things it needed to be doing, specifically around its finance and asset management. The performance improvement direction, of course, went directly to that and therefore -

CHAIR - I'm afraid, minister, that time for the Local Government portfolio has expired. We will now move on to Racing. We will take a very short break while we swap over.

Mr SHELTON - I thank the members of the division very much.