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Banks demanded a 'quick turnround' to support Council - Why rate increase is necessary
7 June 2021
While ratepayers across the Central Coast continue to argue the case against rate increases and property sales no one appears to have been listening to outgoing Administrator Dick Persson AM or the new Administrator Rik Hart in trying to understand the dire situation that the Council was driven to over the past two years. That ratepayers continue to campaign against an increase of 15%, which IPART has approved but for only three years is an indicator of the irresponsible attitudes of poli...
Administrator announces new CEO for Central Coast Council
15 March 2021
Central Coast Council Administrator, Mr Dick Persson AM has announced Mr David Farmer as the new Chief Executive Officer of Central Coast Council. Mr Persson said the appointment of Mr Farmer and his experience is crucial in leading Council toward recovery and will provide strong reassurance to the community that the tough decisions taken now will not be wasted.  "David has had up to 40 years' experience in Local Government in New South Wales and Queensland, each of his la...
No money to pay wages Minister appoints Interim Administrator
14 December 2020
It took a crisis that saw Central Coast Council unable to pay the wages bill that forced Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock MP, to "Suspend" Central Coast Council and appoint an "Interim" Administrator to take control of what now appears to have been a totally dysfunctional organisation. The appointment of Dick Persson AO, a career public servant and local government administrator with over 40 years' experience, for a three month term that could be exte...
Administrator delivers damning report of Council's financial mismanagement
14 December 2020
Central Coast Council Administrator, Mr Dick Persson AM delivered his 30-Day Interim Report at an Extraordinary Meeting of Council on 2nd December. Mr Persson said this report provides the community with a picture into the history of how poor financial decisions and catastrophic budget mismanagement has led Australia's 6th largest council to the situation they find themselves in today. "The financial crisis confronting the Central Coast Council is very serious. Council's ...
Administrator terminates the employment of the CEO
14 December 2020
Central Coast Council Administrator, Mr Dick Persson AM terminated the employment of Mr Gary Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of Central Coast Council, on 30 November in accordance with the provisions of Mr Murphy's Contract of Employment, effective immediately. Mr Persson said that recruitment of a new Chief Executive Officer will commence shortly. In the meantime, the Acting CEO Mr Rik Hart and Chief Operating Officer Mr Malcolm Ryan will continue to head the organisation through t...

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