Three new administrators – Doctor Kathy Alexander (Chair), Peter Dorling and Laurinda Gardner – have been sworn in to fill the roles of Mayor and Councillors until the City’s next scheduled election in October 2017.
In accepting their appointments,
the administrators thanked the Victorian Government for entrusting them with
the honour of leading the City for the next 17 months.
Apart from considering the Proposed
2016–17 Budget, the new administrators will oversee the establishment of an
effective community engagement strategy.
Administrator Doctor Alexander
“This is a time for positive
change for both the City and the Council, and we will work with CEO Kelvin
Spiller and his leadership team to prepare a strong long-term vision and plan
for the City’s future, and a great organisation to deliver it.
The plan must be based on
extensive engagement with our stakeholders and partners, and it must be
supported by our community.
We will also address the City’s
governance and other organisational issues, identified in the recent Commission
of Inquiry report.
We want to ensure it is easy for
local stakeholders to participate so that we get the broadest range of
perspectives on the community’s current and future issues and needs.”
Administrator Peter Dorling
"Thank you to Yehudi Blacher for stepping in at short notice to act as interim
Yehudi made a great start for us
in terms of helping to return public confidence and stability to the City, while
ensuring it continued to offer its normal services and functions.
More importantly, he offered
some much-needed support to the City’s staff in the wake of the Commission’s
Administrator Laurinda Gardner
"I'd like to acknowledge that one of the first important decisions for the new
administrator group was the City’s budget for the new financial year.
Balancing the competing demands
of any budget is challenging at the best of times, as there will never be
enough money to fund everything at once. So we need to hear the
community’s views to ensure the final budget we adopt in the coming weeks
delivers services and projects that the community truly wants.
All ratepayers have until 7 June
to send us their written feedback, and present their views in person at a panel
hearing in mid-June."
Chief Executive Officer - Kelvin Spiller
"I'd like to thank Yehudi Blacher for his professional guidance over the past six weeks,
and I look forward to now working with the three new administrators.
With their input, we’ll actively
continue to implement new practices to address the issues raised by the
Commission and the Halliday Review.
This ongoing work will help
prepare the City for the return of an elected council, following the next
election in October 2017.
To achieve that goal, we’re
undertaking our responsibilities with all the due diligence, dignity and professionalism
that the people of Greater Geelong deserve.
I’m proud to say that the City’s
staff are fully committed to doing the very best job they can to continue
delivering a wide range of services to our ratepayers."