Review targets toxic council culture

Banning social media and creating an empowered Regional Director could improve council culture, according to some local government professionals.

Small Victorian councils risk becoming “unsustainable”

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) has issued a stern warning that “small councils” could be left financially unsustainable due to their increasing dependency on state government and Commonwealth grants and rate hikes still not being enough to pay for rising costs. The wake-up call is contained in a new […]

Former Ballarat CEO deprived of ‘natural justice’: Ombudsman

By Rob O'Brien Local Government Victoria failed to provide natural justice to a council CEO and a consultant from the City of Ballarat by neglecting to interview them in a 2008 investigation, according to a report by the Victorian Ombudsman.  The Victorian Ombudsman, George Brouwer, was critical of the way the report by the Inspectors of Municipal […]


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