Category Archives: Local Government

Council ‘puppets’

The past three council terms has seen a dramatic boost in power to the administrative arm of council, according to a former Cardinia Shire mayor. Bill Ronald, who served for 16 years on council with three terms as mayor between

Council ‘puppets’

The past three council terms has seen a dramatic boost in power to the administrative arm of council, according to a former Cardinia Shire mayor. Bill Ronald, who served for 16 years on council with three terms as mayor between

Councillors keep an eye on spending

Cardinia shire councillors are being more efficient in spending ratepayers’ money, with expenses almost halving since the beginning of the 2013-16 council term. Councillors claimed $43,607 worth of expenses this year, down from the comparatively expensive $80,189 claimed for the

Councillors keep an eye on spending

Cardinia shire councillors are being more efficient in spending ratepayers’ money, with expenses almost halving since the beginning of the 2013-16 council term. Councillors claimed $43,607 worth of expenses this year, down from the comparatively expensive $80,189 claimed for the

Owen elected unopposed

Brett Owen has been unanimously elected as Cardinia’s new mayor after community favourite Collin Ross withdrew his nomination to prevent “unhealthy divisions” from fostering among councillors. Earlier this month Cr Ross expressed concerns about the ‘political’ nature of the internal

Owen elected unopposed

Brett Owen has been unanimously elected as Cardinia’s new mayor after community favourite Collin Ross withdrew his nomination to prevent “unhealthy divisions” from fostering among councillors. Earlier this month Cr Ross expressed concerns about the ‘political’ nature of the internal

Mayor curse beaten

Over the past 20 years, no incumbent mayor has been re-elected to Cardinia Shire Council for back-to-back terms. History was made on Saturday when the election results were finalised and former mayor Jodie Owen retained her seat on Central Ward

Mayor curse beaten

Over the past 20 years, no incumbent mayor has been re-elected to Cardinia Shire Council for back-to-back terms. History was made on Saturday when the election results were finalised and former mayor Jodie Owen retained her seat on Central Ward

Tribal Council

Cardinia Shire’s most popular councillor Collin Ross has slammed the “political” nature of the internal mayoral vote after his landslide re-election victory. The Central Ward councillor along with Ranges Ward’s Brett Owen, who both received more than 36 per cent

Tribal Council

Cardinia Shire’s most popular councillor Collin Ross has slammed the “political” nature of the internal mayoral vote after his landslide re-election victory. The Central Ward councillor along with Ranges Ward’s Brett Owen, who both received more than 36 per cent

A fresh young voice

Michael Schilling promises to be a fresh voice for the young families and youth of Pakenham. The 27-year-old paediatric nurse will be running for a Central Ward seat in Cardinia Shire Council at the upcoming council election. Having lived in

A fresh young voice

Michael Schilling promises to be a fresh voice for the young families and youth of Pakenham. The 27-year-old paediatric nurse will be running for a Central Ward seat in Cardinia Shire Council at the upcoming council election. Having lived in

2.5 per cent rate cap in place

Cardinia Shire Council has this week formally adopted its 2016-’17 budget. After much rate capping speculation in the months leading up to the budget announcement, Mayor Jodie Owen said Cardinia Council did not seek a variation in council rates. “The

2.5 per cent rate cap in place

Cardinia Shire Council has this week formally adopted its 2016-’17 budget. After much rate capping speculation in the months leading up to the budget announcement, Mayor Jodie Owen said Cardinia Council did not seek a variation in council rates. “The