The Panel Inquiry into the City of Perth was established on 24 April 2018. At the same time the entire City of Perth council were suspended on the basis that there had been such a serious failure to ensure that the local government performed its functions properly and that it was inappropriate to continue to act as the governing body of the City.
Neil Douglas, who in 1999 conducted the first Panel Inquiry under the Local Government Act 1995, will provide a briefing to local government professionals on:
- the findings and recommendations of the City of Perth Inquiry report; and
- the lessons that can be learnt
Delegates will be welcomed by LG Professionals WA President, Jamie Parry FLGP and will also be addressed by Hon. David Templeman MLA, Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts via video link.
The primary purpose of the panel inquiry was to investigate the operation and affairs of the City of Perth between October 2015 and March 2018 and to consider if there was a failure to provide good governance, the prospects of any failures continuing, and any steps required to restore good governance.
The panel of inquiry was concluded on 30 June 2020 and Hon David Templeman MLA tabled the final report in Parliament on Tuesday 11 August which can be read here.
The final report details the widespread cultural and systemic failings in both the council and the administration. Failings have been attributed to poor governance and poor decision-making at many levels and a lack of integrity and teamwork in the City's leadership.
The final report contains a total of 341 recommendations, 215 which relate to the City and importantly, a further 126 that provide significant learnings for the entire local government sector.
Presenter - Neil Douglas, Partner, McLeods Barristers and Solicitors
For over 40 years, Neil Douglas has acted for Federal, State and local governments. He has been a partner of McLeods Lawyers for almost 14 years and was previously a partner at Minter Ellison for over 16 years.
Neil has been commissioned by the State Government to head a number of public inquiries, including inquiries into governance issues at the City of Cockburn and into governance and clinical operations at King Edward Memorial Hospital. He served as Acting Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission for 3 years between 2012 and 2015.
Registrations are required—close Monday 31 August 2020.