Report on Central Goldfields Shire Council investigation

The Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate has published a comprehensive report on Central Goldfields Shire Council following a lengthy investigation.

The report, Protecting integrity: Central Goldfields Shire Council investigation, shines a light on inadequate governance and mismanagement of key areas of responsibility within the organisation.

Chief Municipal Inspector, David Wolf, said his office had initially received allegations in 2016 relating to activities at council.

"The report focuses on issues within council related to the management and sale of public assets, the management and expenditure of public funds, and an apparent apathy for laws and governance requirements at a senior level," Mr Wolf said.

“The report focuses on issues within council related to the management and sale of public assets, the management and expenditure of public funds, and an apparent apathy for laws and governance requirements at a senior leadership level.

“One of the fundamental issues uncovered in this investigation was the lack of transparency in decision making and management practices. This has affected the local community and the shire, which is one of the most disadvantaged local government areas in the state.”

“Along with providing the Minister for Local Government and council with the report, it is important for the community to also have access to this information.”

“Council has acknowledged the factual content of the report and provided a written response, which is reproduced in full as part of the report.”

Final report

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Note: The Chief Municipal Inspector will not be available for interview. Any media queries should be directed to Steve Pogonowski, Senior Communications Adviser, 0437 541 972.