The VLGA notes the difficult decision made by the state government to introduce a Bill in Parliament today to dismiss the council at the City of Casey.
Allegations aired to date regarding planning decisions at the City of Casey raised serious concerns regarding its governance practices. Good governance is central in ensuring public trust in all tiers of government.
Councils, as with all other public entities, must make their decisions in the interest of their community. Councillors are required to make decisions on behalf of their community with transparency and accountability. While the removal of the City of Casey councillors is regrettable because the community will be without elected representatives, it is, nonetheless, a necessary step in ensuring public confidence and trust remain integral to local government.
Please attribute to Cr Lambros Tapinos VLGA President
The VLGA acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners, their elders past, present and future, and to their cultures.