Category: Minister for Local Government

October Local Council Elections In The Mail

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Victorian communities can have their say on their local government representatives with council elections to go ahead on Saturday, 24 October 2020. Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek today announced that safe and secure postal votes will be used for the elections. This will be the first time postal […]

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Administrators Appointed To Casey Council

The Victorian Government has appointed a panel of long-term administrators to restore good governance and accountability to Casey City Council. Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek announced the appointments today to address serious governance failures at the council. Noelene Duff PSM, Cameron Boardman and Miguel Belmar have been appointed until the 2024 general council election, […]

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Changes To Council Electoral Structures

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering grassroots democracy and accountability in local government through a suite of changes to council electoral structures. Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek today announced eight metropolitan councils will adopt single member ward structures ahead of local government general elections in October. The new Local Government Act 2020 introduced a preference […]

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Councils Granted Extra Time To Resolve Budgets

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring councils can continue to focus on delivering for the communities they represent by extending the deadline for council budgets and annual reports. Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek has announced an extended deadline for 2020/21 Council budgets until 31 August and for annual reports to 30 November. Councils are usually […]

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Working To Protect Local Jobs And Local Communities

The Andrews Labor Government has called on Victorian Councils to do their bit during this difficult time and not dismiss or stand down staff. Earlier this week the Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek and Minister for Jobs Martin Pakula wrote to Victorian councils advising they must continue to provide critical community functions. Councils have […]

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Administrator Appointed To Whittlesea City Council

Whittlesea City Council has been dismissed and councillors replaced by an Interim Administrator to run the council. The Local Government (Whittlesea City Council) Bill 2020 received Royal Assent today. Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek has announced Lydia Wilson as Interim Administrator for the council for the next 90 days. Ms Wilson will step in […]

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Whittlesea City Council Dismissed

The Bill to dismiss Whittlesea City Council has passed Parliament, with Councillors to be replaced by an interim administrator within days. The Local Government (Whittlesea City Council) Bill 2020 provides for the dismissal of the council and appointment of administrators, who will act as the council in the best interests of residents and ratepayers until the October […]

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Local Government Reforms Pass Parliament

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered the most significant reforms to the local government sector in more than 30 years, ensuring councils can best serve the communities they represent. The new Local Government Act 2020 introduces wide-ranging reforms to improve democracy, accountability and service delivery across Victoria’s 79 councils. This new Act is the result […]

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Dismissal Of Whittlesea City Council

The Andrews Labor Government will today introduce a Bill to dismiss Whittlesea City Council following a report from municipal monitor Yehudi Blacher that found serious governance failures at the council. The report, to be tabled in Parliament today, found that Council governance has irretrievably collapsed. In addition, the report found that: The council’s deep divides […]

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Local Government Reforms One Step Closer

The Andrews Labor Government is one step closer to delivering the most significant reforms to the local government sector in more than 30 years, ensuring councils can best serve the communities they represent. The Legislative Council has passed the Local Government Bill 2019 which will implement wide-ranging reforms to improve democracy, accountability and service delivery […]

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