City's response to 'Reveal City bullies before October election'

Friday, 11 August 2017

The City of Greater Geelong's CEO Kelvin Spiller issued this response to recent media calls for the City, and Susan Halliday, to ‘Reveal City bullies before October election’:

The Victorian Government’s decision to dismiss the former council was made on a range of matters, including bullying allegations, a breakdown of good governance, and dysfunctional council relationships.

That decision was ‘based substantially on serious deficiencies in governance at the Council, which were identified in the report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry’.

The Victorian Government also indicated the key findings of the Commission included:
  • The Council is unable to provide the long-term vision and leadership required to face the major economic challenges for the City of Greater Geelong.
  • The leadership of the Council is dysfunctional, riven by conflict and characterised by a significant number of Councillors contravening the Code of Conduct.
  • There is a deep-seated culture of bullying within the Council and its Administration.
  • A range of organisational failures have contributed to the breakdown of good governance at the Council, including a failure by Council to provide a safe workplace for its employees.

During the past 18 months, my executive team and staff have worked continuously with me to address these findings, and dramatically improve the organisational culture, processes and governance.

For example, the Complaints Review Panel, independently chaired by Susan Halliday, has conducted numerous internal and external investigations, with the City taking appropriate action for staff involved.

We look forward to working closely with the new Council to advance this work, and realise the community’s 30-year Clever and Creative strategic vision.