legal costs totalling more than $570,000 in a failed bid to sue former shire CEO Graham Merrick and former shire president Charlie Wroth for alleged wrongdoing;
council adoption of last year’s “unlawful” rates which forced the shire to apply to the State Administrative Tribunal to have hundreds of rural rates notices quashed after a Coondle ratepayer complained to the State Government that his 2016-17 rates breached local government law;
a $2 million discrepancy in a shire budget review that was withdrawn without explanation at a March council meeting and resubmitted with 25 new items the following month;
a bid to axe two tall trees in Anzac Memorial Park to make more room for trucks in an unadvertised move that led to a tense police stand-off with protesters;
a move to sell shire-owned Mrs O’Reilly’s Cottage to an “unsolicited” buyer for an art gallery in breach of an earlier council undertaking and town planning approval to lease it to the vet and,
allowing a large limestone retaining wall to be built at the new Butterly Cottages site in Anzac Parade despite heritage precinct restrictions that have been used to bar other ratepayers from building similar retaining walls for their homes.
The progress association has submitted 43 pages of evidence to support its claims of a “long history of civic dysfunction”.
“The systems and oversight operating in the Toodyay Shire Council are considerably lower than one would expect from a contemporary council in 2017,” the submission said.
“I also find it interesting that the TPA has published its call for an inquiry immediately prior to nominations for five council positions when there is little or no prospect of a finding until after the October local government elections.”
Toodyay Progress Association Chair Larry Graham said all the rules of the association had been complied with.