The Andrews Labor Government has appointed a municipal monitor to investigate and report on the governance of Frankston City Council.
Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz today announced the appointment of Prue Digby for an 18 month term, ending in June 2019.
The Labor Government flagged the need to appoint a monitor in September, following a recommendation from the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate.
Reports of councillor conduct in public meetings and instances of council meetings being cancelled or delayed have raised concerns about the proper functioning of the council.
Municipal monitors are responsible for monitoring council governance processes and practices, advising councils about possible governance improvements and reporting to the Minister on any steps taken by a council to improve its governance.
If necessary, a monitor can recommend that the Minister take further governance measures.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz
“We have appointed a monitor to keep a close eye on Frankston City Council and ensure it is acting in the best interests of ratepayers.”
“Ms Digby has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the local government sector and will be ideally placed to assist and report on the function of council.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke
“With record state Labor government investment and projects rolling out in Frankston it is important that our local government is sharing and supporting our community’s future vision for Frankston.”
“The request by Frankston Council for the appointment of a monitor to turn around the dysfunction and governance issues is a positive step towards councillors meeting community expectations and I was happy I was able to assist.”