Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and Member for Wollondilly, Nathaniel Smith have welcomed Local Government Minister Shelly Hancock’s decision today to hold an independent public inquiry into the performance of Wingecarribee Shire Council.

Mrs Tuckerman thanked the Minister for today’s inquiry announcement and the appointment of Viv May to continue in the Administrator’s role.

“The inquiry is an opportunity for the community to be heard, it’s important to fully understand what has taken place, why and what needs to happen to ensure the Wingecarribee Shire Council can best represent the community going forward,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Mr Smith said today’s decision is a grave one, but it has the overwhelming support of ratepayers, and, more importantly, is the right one.

“The Inquiry can focus on the previous Council’s sins while freeing up Lisa Miscamble and her new executive team to concentrate on building a modern, professional and ratepayer focused culture that the community deserves.

“A more responsive, community oriented council presents greater opportunity to unlock the region’s potential and I am even more optimistic that we can now forge a brighter, stronger, and more resilient future for the Southern Highlands,” Mr Smith said.