POLL: Should Lismore council be placed into administration?
In the past six months, two councillors, a mayor and a general manager have either quit or ceased working for Lismore City Council.
While an interim general manager has been appointed, that still leaves only eight of the eleven elected councillors making decisions on local government for the next seven months until the Local Government elections are held on Saturday, September 4.
A key role of the Office of Local Government is to investigate serious breakdowns in council operations. It has two ways of doing this under the Local Government Act - section 430 investigations and section 438U public inquiries.
Under section 430 investigations, the Deputy Secretary, Local Government, Planning and Policy has the power to carry out investigations into council operations. This power is generally only used if a council's conduct is having a serious impact on the local community.
Under section 438U public inquiries, the Minister for Local Government has the power to appoint a commissioner to conduct a public inquiry into a council. This is a necessary step before a council can be dismissed. The Minister may order an inquiry at any time or as a result of a section 430 investigation.
Public inquiries are essential if a council becomes dysfunctional through maladministration, corruption or some other reason. After the inquiry process, the Minister may appoint an administrator.
What do you think?
Let us know what you think by voting in our poll.
Should Lismore City Council be placed into administration?
This poll ended on 15 February 2021.
I don't know
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.