Monitors appointed at Glenelg Shire

The Victorian government has appointed municipal monitors at Glenelg Shire Council to improve governance and guide recruitment of a new CEO.

Mayor Scott Martin: request for intervention

Local government minister Melissa Horne said the decision to appoint two monitors for three months followed a request for intervention from Mayor Scott Martin that cited issues with culture in the south-west Victorian council.

“The monitors will be charged with identifying what is needed to support the Glenelg Shire Council to provide the standard of representation that its community expects and deserves,” the minister said.

Victoria’s local government minister has authority to appoint municipal monitors to councils that have experienced governance issues.

The role of a monitor is to observe and report back on governance process and issues, provide advice to councils and make recommendations for further action to the minister.

At the end of their appointment, the monitor provides a final report to the minister.

Ms Horne said previous appointments of municipal monitors had been effective in helping councils improve their governance and serve their communities to standards required by legislation.

She said the names of the Glenelg monitors and their terms of reference would be announced shortly.

The appointments will run for three months from November 13.

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