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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 685 asked in the Legislative Council on 24 June 2020 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Minister responding: Hon D.A. Templeman
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on


685. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Local Government:

(1) How many local government authorities are currently under state government–initiated investigations or inquiries?

(2) Which authorities are they?

(3) How long has each of these investigations or inquiries been running?

(4) What is the cost to date of each of these investigations or inquiries?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries currently has six authorised inquiries underway.

(2)–(3) The Town of Cambridge inquiry commenced in April 2018 and is nearing completion; the Shire of Toodyay inquiry commenced in December 2018 and is nearing completion; the Shire of Wiluna inquiry commenced in November 2019; the City of Cockburn inquiry commenced in April 2020; the City of Subiaco inquiry commenced in May 2020; and the Shire of Coolgardie inquiry commenced in June 2020.

(4) The department does not record specific costs for individual inquiries unless there is a specific reason to do so. An authorised inquiry is part of the agency's core business.