Come July 2015 a commissioner or commissioners will be appointed as care takers of the new greater, City of Fremantle (COF).
This individual or group will be in place till a new COF council is elected, supposedly in Oct 2015.
As this commissioner is not elected by the electors of the new Fremantle but appointed by the minister for local government, we would hope they would be an independent individual or group, just to keep Freo ticking along till the new COF council is elected.
Nothing new for issues to before COF council for more than a year, so hopefully the commissioners have limited power or authority, to keep the amenity for ratepayers and residents functioning, leaving issues, like budgets, policy, major decisions to the new in coming council.
Independent what does this mean in this situation, someone who is?
So the question is what sort of person will the minister appoint to this position?
Will they for fill these points above, someone who’s there as a care taker, just to mind the shop, till a real representative body is elected by voters in Freo to get on with business.
So it begs to question how could a person who is currently working for the city or an elected member of the old entity, or anyone who intends to run for the new election possibly be independent.
So I find it quite disturbing that the current council wants to attempt to influence the ministers appointment of commissioners to be made up, by putting forward themselves.
Further they already have decided to attempt to delay elections till possibly mid 2016. This is a council that has already had 2 special electors meetings called due to community concerns about due process (making decisions in the best interest and procedure for the residents and rate payers.
Is this the best independent body the minister could appoint for the duration of 1st july 2015 till elections are held.
If something controversial has to happen in this time, the minister would be clearly open for criticism, something I’m sure the opposition, anti-amalgamation crowd and press/media would love.
I think the government has learn good lessons from Canning, Cockburn etc, so true independent commissioners seem the best way forward.
Roel has some great points on this issue and some great comments from locals, the ones who will have to live with whomever the minister appoints