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MP questions role of city monitors

November 19, 2023 10:43 am in by
Liberal MP Bev McArthur wants Geelong council monitors gone (supplied).

A local MP’s calling on the Victorian government to scrap monitors at Geelong council.

Two monitors appointed to oversee the search for a new council CEO are due to finish up in the new year, however Liberal member for Western Victoria Bev McArthur is questioning why they’re still there given Ali Wastie started in the role late August.

“Is she not doing her job or can’t she guide council back to good governance,” she said.

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Ms McArthur questioned the initial appointment of the monitors.

“This is an outrage for taxpayers to be footing this bill…. I’m not even sure they were needed in the first place.”

Ms Wastie became the first permanent CEO at council in over a year, after the unexplained and early exit from her predecessor Martin Cutter in July 2022.

The state government has been highly critical of machinations within the city, which has also seen three councillors depart in the last 12 months, along with several of its executive.

Premier Jacinta Allan said the monitors will remain in the job until February.

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“A period of stability is needed over this coming few months as the CEO beds into the role,” she said during a recent visit to the region.

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