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Public inquiry into Norfolk Island Regional Council

first_imgPublic inquiry into Norfolk Island Regional Council Following my decision on 3 February to temporarily suspend the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC), I am announcing a public inquiry into whether the NIRC has fulfilled its financial and asset management obligations under the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) (NI) (Act).Public inquiries are an important part of government oversight of council performance, but are conducted by an independent commissioner.I have appointed Ms Carolyn McNally as commissioner to hold the public inquiry. Ms McNally has held senior positions in the Australian and New South Wales (NSW) public services, including as Secretary of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment from 2014 to 2019, with responsibilities including local government. Ms McNally will have the same powers under the Act that are available to commissioners who conduct inquiries into NSW councils.The inquiry will examine critical challenges facing the NIRC and whether it is discharging financial and asset management responsibilities under the Act. The NIRC’s financial and asset management was identified as a significant area of concern in the recent independent audit reports.At the conclusion of the inquiry, the commissioner will present me with a report outlining her findings in relation to the Terms of Reference.The Terms of Reference, along with a short fact sheet, are available on the department’s website at www.regional.gov.au/territories/norfolk_island/governance/nirc.aspxThe NIRC will remain under its current temporary suspension and interim administration. At the conclusion of this three-month suspension period, I will make a further decision on this matter. During the temporary suspension of the NIRC, the day-to-day functions of the NIRC will continue, with the ongoing delivery of essential services to the community.I have also signed an order postponing the upcoming council election for 12 months, in line with my powers under the legislation. This will enable full consideration of the findings of the public inquiry, prior to an election taking place.I am fully committed to achieving the best outcomes for the Norfolk Island community by pursuing a properly functioning local council in Norfolk Island. Further information about the inquiry will be available soon. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:asset management, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Commissioner, community, environment, Government, infrastructure, legislation, local council, Local Government, New South Wales, Norfolk, NSW, outcomes, planning, regional development, Secretary, terms of referencelast_img read more