New South Wales State Government BROKEN HILL CITY COUNCIL
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On 21 September 2006 the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Kerry Hickey MP, announced a formal public inquiry into Broken Hill City Council.

The terms of reference of the Inquiry are:

"To inquire, report and provide recommendations to the Minister for Local Government as to whether all civic offices at Broken Hill City Council should be declared vacant.

The Inquiry will have particular regard to:
  1. The conduct of the elected representatives of council (whether individually or collectively as the governing body of council) including their relationships with senior and other staff of council.

  2. Whether the elected representatives fully understand their roles and responsibilities and have adequately, appropriately and reasonably carried out their roles and responsibilities in the best interest of all ratepayers and residents

  3. Any other matters that warrant mention, particularly when it may impact on the effective administration of the council area.
The Commissioner may make other recommendations as the Commissioner sees fit.
The Minister has approved the appointment of the Hon David Simmons OAM as Commissioner to undertake the Inquiry. Mr Simmons was the Federal Member of Parliament for Calare (1983-96) and Minister in a number of diverse portfolios, including Local Government in 1992-93. Mr Simmons also served as the CEO of the Newcastle and Hunter Business Chamber (1997-2001). During 2003-04, Mr Simmons conducted regional reviews in the Clarence Valley and Albury areas as part of the Local Government Reform program. Additionally, Mr Simmons is a Director of the Regional Land Management Corporation (a subsidiary of the Hunter Water Corporation) and the Chairman of the National Heart Foundation of Australia (NSW Division).
Public Hearings
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  • Contact Details
    Office of the Commissioner
    Telephone: +61 (0)2 4428 4191
    Facsimile +61 (0)2 4428 4199
    Postal Address: Locked Bag 3030, NOWRA NSW 2541

    Inquiry Information Paper
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  • Inquiry Report
  • Inquiry Commissioner's Report

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