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.
“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.