SA councils welcome two new ministers

Councils in South Australia have responsded to the appointment of two new State Government ministers. The Local Government Association (LGA) welcomed Bernard Finnigan to the role of State Local Government Relations Minister and John Rau to the role of Minister for Urban Development and Planning. LGA president, Felicity-ann Lewis, paid tribute to outgoing State Local Government […]

Speculation rife on tabling of MacPherson report

By Rob O'Brien Speculation around the tabling of the MacPherson report into Burnside Council has continued in South Australia with reports indicating that councillors and council staff will be receiving a copy for right of reply. The investigation is now entering the "natural justice period", where anyone named in the report will have two to three weeks […]

Gago announces tougher auditing checks

By Staff Writer Local Government finances will be subject to tougher auditing checks under new legislation tabled in the South Australian Parliament. The Local Government (Accountability Framework) Amendment Bill 2009 was designed to raise standards of management and accountability in South Australia’s councils.   Minister for State/Local Government Relations Gail Gago said expanded auditing of […]

Closed Burnside meetings not unusual, says LGA

By Rob O’Brien Closed meetings such as those being undertaken by Burnside Council to discuss legal issues should be the exception not the rule, the South Australian Local Government Association (LGA) has said. Burnside Council has been criticised for its closing meetings to discuss a letter from the Local Government minister Gail Gago, which asked […]

Investigation into SA council given green light by Gago

By Rob O’Brien The City of Burnside could become the first South Australian council in 15 years to face an independent investigation into council misconduct, it was announced today. An investigation into the council was given the green light in an announcement by the South Australian Minister for Local Government Gail Gago following preliminary enquiries concluded by the Office of State and […]


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