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Municipal monitor appointed for 2021 South Gippsland Shire Election to restore confidence
A municipal monitor will be appointed to Council following the election in late October.
A municipal monitor will be appointed to South Gippsland Shire Council following the election in late October, to support good governance and democracy. The monitor will support the South Gippsland Shire Council transition back to elected representation and assist councillors to take ownership of a positive and inclusive culture that will improve systems and build public trust.
A monitor observes processes at council and makes a report to the minister for local government, if the minister decides to dismiss a council, administrators may be appointed to act as the council until elections are held
Encouraging eligible candidates
With candidate nominations opening on 16 September, eligible candidates are encouraged to stand for election to represent their communities. Elections will be held on 23 October and the Victorian Electoral Commission expects results to be declared by 5 November. A Mayor will be elected by the councillors after the new council is sworn in.
In addition to appointing a monitor, the Victorian Government has supported the participation of women in local democracy in South Gippsland with three grants, including $50,000 to help the South Gippsland Shire Council develop an extensive community leadership development program.
Following the South Gippsland Shire Council's dismissal in June 2019, South Gippsland Shire Administrators Julie Eisenbise, Christian Zahra and Rick Brown have been overseeing the council and working with the community to restore confidence. You can read more about the Monitor to guide South Gippsland's new council.
Pictures from South Gippsland Shire Council Facebook page.
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