The Andrews Labor Government has appointed a monitor to examine governance at the City of Casey.
Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek today announced the appointment of Ms Laurinda Gardner until 31 January 2020, effective immediately.
The monitor will advise the Minister:
- if Councillors, individually or as a group, are behaving in a manner that does not accord with the role of Councillor
- of any impact on the integrity and/or functioning of council decision-making and the orderly governance of the City of Casey arising from Operation Sandon.
Ms Gardner is an experienced board director with over 20 years of experience as both a member and chair of a variety of government and not for profit boards.
She has a background in town planning, and currently sits on the Victorian Planning Authority and Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission boards.
She was also appointed as an administrator on the panel of administrators for Greater Geelong City Council in 2016/17 and held previous roles as a senior executive both at the Department of Treasury and Finance and Melbourne City Council.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek
“People in the City of Casey rightly expect the highest standards from their council and that the services they rely on are being delivered.”
“I want to make sure that the council has the governance processes and culture in place to best serve its community.”