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