Tuesday 8 May 2018
You are advised that a Special Meeting of Council has been called by Cr Desiato, Cr Kirkham, Cr Monteleone on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 in Council Chamber, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang at 6:30pm for the transaction of the following business.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
KRIS PAVLIDIS MAYOR, SOUTH WEST WARD
LAWRIE COX SOUTH WEST WARD
STEVAN KOZMEVSKI SOUTH WEST WARD
CAZ MONTELEONE SOUTH WEST WARD
EMILIA LISA STERJOVA DEPUTY MAYOR, NORTH WARD
TOM JOSEPH NORTH WARD
RICKY KIRKHAM NORTH WARD
SAM ALESSI SOUTH EAST WARD
ALAHNA DESIATO SOUTH EAST WARD
NORM KELLY SOUTH EAST WARD
MARY LALIOS SOUTH EAST WARD
SIMON OVERLAND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
RUSSELL HOPKINS DIRECTOR COMMUNITY SERVICES
STEVE O’BRIEN DIRECTOR PLANNING AND MAJOR PROJECTS
NICK MANN DIRECTOR CITY TRANSPORT & PRESENTATION
HELEN SUI DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES
LIANA THOMPSON DIRECTOR PARTNERSHIPS & ENGAGEMENT
MICHAEL TONTA MANAGER GOVERNANCE
ORDER OF BUSINESS
The Chief Executive Officer submits the following business:
1.2 Acknowledgment of Traditional Owners Statement
Author: Cr Alahna Desiato, Cr Ricky Kirkham, Cr Caz Monteleone
Councillors Desiato, Kirkham and Monteleone have given notice under section 84(1) of the Local Government Act 1989 that a Special Meeting of Council has been called for 6:30pm on Tuesday 8 May 2018 to consider an item of business relating to a request to appoint a municipal monitor.
A Municipal Monitor is requested to assist Whittlesea City Council over the coming 18 months in improving governance and transparency.
Recent media reporting of Council’s performance undermines public confidence in our ability to effectively govern.
As a growing municipality, Whittlesea City Council, Councillors and Staff must focus on meeting the strategic challenges facing our community in the short and long term.
The leadership provided by Council must be inclusive and respectful of the principles of democracy – whilst promoting an environment where a range of views are respected and tolerated.
Councillors must work collectively in shaping decisions that restore our reputation as a policy and strategic leader in the local government sector.
Without the appointment of a Municipal Monitor, Whittlesea City Council is at risk of becoming increasingly dysfunctional and unworkable.
THAT Council resolve to request the Minister for Local Government to appoint a Municipal Monitor for a period of 18 months.
The Monitor is requested to review and report on the following areas:
a) Council governance processes and practices; and
b) Provide advice to Whittlesea City Council about governance improvements Council should make.