Administrators appointed to South Gippsland Shire

The Victorian Government has appointed a panel of three administrators to run the South Gippsland Shire Council, which was dismissed in June 2019.

Victorian Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek announced Ms Julie Eisenbise as Chairperson and Mr Rick Brown and Mr Christian Zahra AM as the administrators on the panel who will be stepping in to restore good governance to the South Gippsland Shire Council.

These appointments build on the Victorian Government’s efforts to restore the highest standards of integrity to councils across the state, ensuring Victorian communities get the level of service they deserve.

The panel will act as the Council effective from 24 July 2019 until the next election for the council in 2021.

The Victorian Government dismissed the South Gippsland Shire Council in June following the recommendation of the Commission of Inquiry into the council.

The Commission of Inquiry found a high level of councillor conflict had impaired the council’s performance of its role, decision-making and reputation within the community.

Former Manningham City Council mayor Ms Eisenbise will lead the panel, after she was made an interim administrator in June (2019) to act in place of the council while the full panel was being established.

Mr Brown was a member of the RMIT Council for 13 years and director of the university’s commercial company, and since 2009 has been a consultant providing policy and strategic advice.

Mr Zahra AM is a public policy and strategy expert with experience in rural and regional development. He has held senior roles in government and not-for-profit organisations including serving as Member for McMillan in the federal parliament and as the former CEO of the Wunan Foundation.

The two-year appointment period will allow the administrators to properly embed best practice within council to ensure it is functioning to its full capacity by 2021.

Source: Vic Government