Hot on the heels of our State Conference it was our pleasure to meet with the new local Government Minister - Melissa Horne MP.
We were keen to share with her our issues across the sector, they included:
The current inequity in the rating system
Poor governance practices in Councils
Conflicts of Interests
Councillors weaponising and politicising code of conducts and arbitration complaints
The effectiveness of monitors in some councils like Yarra
Poor Budget and community consultation processes
Planning overlays that destroy owner value
79 Councils all wasting time on their own versions of policies that could be standardised (e.g. governance)
Councillor expenses not being in annual reports (transparency issues)
Quality of Services delivered to the community
Council staff, CEO's and their lack of Community engagement
We look forward to working with Melissa on a regular basis.