CONSTITUENCY QUESTION ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT

My constituency question is to the Minister for Local Government and comes from concerned councillors in my electorate, and it results from the Local Government Act 1989.

A survey of Victorian councillors conducted by Markstone consulting found that 80 per cent of the respondents were concerned about the relationships between them and the council administration.

In 2015 the Andrews Labor government introduced a restrictive definition of the role of a councillor into the Local Government Act of Victoria. This definition limits councillors’ representative role to only when they are making decisions in the council chamber, making the only information they are legally entitled to access is information associated with those decisions.

My question to the minister is: can the minister please explain why the Local Government Act and the new local government bill do not require CEOs to provide councillors with the information they reasonably need to do their jobs and instead leave councillors dependent on majority council support to access basic information about council operations and performance?

18 June 2019