Administrators start work at Brimbank

By Rob O’Brien

Three administrators appointed by the Victorian State Government will be responsible for restoring good governance in Brimbank City Council, it has been announced.

Local Government Minister Richard Wynne said that the Governor in Council accepted his recommendation to appoint Peter Lewinsky, Joanne Anderson and Meredith Sussex AM as the Administrators.

The administrators are in the process of forming a new council.

“The panel of three Administrators, which will be chaired by Mr Lewinsky, brings the necessary experience and skills to tackle the extensive reform and rebuilding tasks at Brimbank,” Mr Wynne said.

“Mr Lewinsky has had exposure to all tiers of government across a range of portfolios.

“He is well-placed to chair the panel given his experience as an Administrator reforming other organisations, such as the Cheltenham and Regional Cemeteries Trust and the Fawkner Crematorium and Memorial Park.”

Mr Wynne said the administrators will have all the powers, functions and duties of the council.

Mr Lewinsky, who as Chairperson fulfils the responsibilities of Mayor, said he was looking forward to working closely with the CEO and staff at Brimbank City Council and engaging with the community.

“This community has experienced a prolonged period of frustration and instability as a result of the Council’s inability to govern in its best interests,” Mr Lewinsky said.

“Together with Ms Sussex and Ms Anderson, I’ll be setting an appropriately high expectation of local governance for the residents and ratepayers of Brimbank – and I intend to meet and exceed those expectations.”

The Local Government (Brimbank City Council) Act to dismiss the council was passed by the Victorian Parliament on 12 November.  

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