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Mayoral battle begins in Whittlesea as former mayor calls for municipal monitor

Former Whittlesea City Mayor (2014-18) Cr. Ricky Kirkham last night called for a municipal monitor to be appointed to Whittlesea City Council “feel[ing] voiceless … unable to exercise my elected responsibilities.”

At the extraordinary meeting Cr’s. Kirkham, Caz Monteleone and Alahna Desiato called on Minister for Local Government, Marlene Kairouz, to appoint a municipal monitor seeking a review of governance and council decision making.

“The Mayor [Cr. Kris Pavlidis] has ejected over 100 residents from public meetings. The very community we are elected to represent,” Desiato said.

Kris Pavlidis
City of Whittlesea Mayor, Kris Pavlidis. PHOTO: Whittlesea City/CC.

“There is a culture of censorship where poor decisions are rammed through with no accountability,” Kirkham said.

Council will hold a Special Council Meeting at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 to consider a report on the appointment of a municipal monitor.

“Confidence needs to be restored to give ratepayers faith council is acting in their best interests.”

A public meeting will be held in council chambers, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang, 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8.

Agenda and minutes will be available tomorrow Thursday, May 3 at www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au.


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