Shire faces grilling from investigators
THE SHIRE of Toodyay has said publicly that the council may be suspended if a local government inquiry finds it unable to govern.
The unprompted remark by CEO Stan Scott at last month’s council meeting followed a question by Cr Eric Twine about whether the shire would have to pay for new elections if any sitting members re-elected in October had to resign for “wrongdoing”.Read more
“What happens if the inquiry is not finished before October?” Cr Twine asked.
Mr Scott said there was “no way of postponing the elections – until then it is business as usual”.
“The shire will receive a directions notice from the Local Government Department and those officers concerned will provide the required information,” Mr Scott said.
President Brian Rayner said the shire was providing information to the inquiry “as requested”.
Two State Government investigators who sat in the public gallery are understood to have recently completed gathering a large amount of evidence based on extensive interviews with local residents since the inquiry was announced last December.