Constituency Question: Warrnambool City Council

My question is for the Minister for Local Government in the other place, and I ask: will the minister launch an independent investigation into governance procedures at Warrnambool City Council?

Minister, by now you would be aware of the fractious relationship between the Warrnambool City Council and its ratepayers, following revelations of inappropriate spending on council credit cards and following the successful application to raise rates above the prescribed cap.

I am aware that Warrnambool City Council is conducting its own internal reviews of procedures and spending, but Minister, it is my belief that such is the relationship between the council and the community that no-one will trust the findings of an internal review and the broken relationship will not start to recover.

Minister, I believe the only way that trust can be rebuilt between the council and the community is for your department to launch an entirely independent investigation.