Run­dle con­firms sup­port of coun­cils

Great Southern Herald - - News - Laura Gru­bisa

Mem­ber for Roe Peter Run­dle MLA has thrown his sup­port be­hind lo­cal gov­ern­ments af­ter com­ments were made by Cor­rup­tion Crime and Com­mis­sion head John McKech­nie.

Mr McKech­nie was in­ter­viewed on Ra­dio 6PR and said the De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment had 16 high-risk coun­cils, which were all in re­gional ar­eas, and 16 of 18 coun­cils in a medium high-risk cat­e­gory that were also in re­gional ar­eas.

He be­lieved there were a num­ber of lo­cal coun­cils where an en­vi­ron­ment of cor­rup­tion was able to grow.

Mr Run­dle said it was dis­ap­point­ing to see all re­gional coun­cils “tarred with the same brush”, and feared the neg­a­tive im­pli­ca­tions of Mr McKech­nie’s com­ments would have an ef­fect on re­tain­ing qual­ity coun­cil­lors and staff.

“Re­gional coun­cils serve a vi­tal func­tion in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties and, for the most part, suc­cess­fully over­come enor­mous chal­lenges to de­liver qual­ity ser­vice pro­vi­sion of the ratepayer,” Mr Run­dle said.

“As with any sec­tor, there will al­ways be in­di­vid­u­als who do the wrong thing, but most re­gional coun­cils are in­cred­i­bly com­pe­tent and op­er­ate with the ut­most in­tegrity.

“I am hope­ful th­ese reck­less com­ments do not serve as a dis­in­cen­tive for po­ten­tial can­di­dates look­ing to get in­volved in lo­cal gov­ern­ment or un­der­mine the im­por­tant work un­der­taken at present.”

Mr Run­dle also said the De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment should move its fo­cus back to the core busi­ness of ser­vice de­liv­ery.

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Mem­ber for Roe Peter Run­dle hopes com­ments made by Cor­rup­tion Crime and Com­mis­sion head John McKech­nie will not af­fect lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

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