Do not believe the spin put out by the South Gippsland Shire CEO about the recent court hearing.
The court transcripts of the hearing indicate that the CEO was missing in action in managing this Wind Farm Nuisance Complaint until he was summoned to appear in court.
The responses to questions show that for almost 18 months the CEO did not take any interest in the matter even though there was communication from legal representatives.
This is from the manager who costs ratepayers upwards of $500,000 annually.
The questions also show that one of the senior managers gave instructions to the council’s legal team even though he had no authorisation to do that and that the CEO had no input into those instructions.
This lack of management by the CEO cost the ratepayers some $20,000 plus the cost of the shire legal team.
All this cost has arisen because people just wanted some basic, honest and transparent dialogue with the shire.
This latest court hearing could have been avoided if the CEO exercised some civil behaviour and responded to mail sent to him.
He has admitted he does not necessarily read mail sent to him.
The CEO has arranged for the KPI questions that are used to support his employment. Ratepayers, ask your councillors how they assess the performance of this high cost non–manager.
Lindsay Love, Leongatha.