A deal designed in offices in the city and negotiated largely between several layers of government and corporate executives looks set to bring down a tiny local council. David Washington asks whether an Ombudsman’s investigation into serious maladministration has left some of the biggest questions unanswered.
The Ombudsman has found a South Australian council committed “one of the most serious examples of maladministration” he has seen when it signed a controversial deal with a major power company, with the council now under threat of being wound up.
Ombudsman Wayne Lines has found a Coober Pedy councillor committed misconduct by failing to declare an interest at a key meeting that supported a now controversial new electricity deal for the outback town.
Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Bruce Lander has received allegations against the Local Government Association after the representative body referred the claims to the Office for Public Integrity.