City inquiry’s public hearings start in court

The panel will assess the City’s governance issues after a report found the council and individual elected members failed to provide a good local government or strong accountability to ratepayers.

The hearings will continue daily and will be open to the public.

Inquirer Christopher Kendall will hear the evidence in court 85. He made it clear in the first public hearing that the inquiry would not serve as a criminal trial.

‘In this inquiry, I will seek to gather essential evidence, which will determine whether poor decisions had been made by the council,’ Dr Kendall said.

‘It is entirely appropriate and desirable that as part of the administration of justice, this inquiry be open to the public.’

Witnesses will include suspended mayor Joe Delle Donne and suspended council members.

A schedule of hearing sitting days and an indicative witness appearance schedule has been posted on the inquiry’s website at http://canninginquiry.wa.gov.au.

Transcripts of the inquiry’s hearings will be posted on the inquiry’s website on a daily basis.