City of Perth senior staff activated a crisis-management plan usually reserved for fire, flood or long-term loss of power hours before a meeting at which acting chief executive Robert Mianich was expected to be ousted. It is understood Local Government Minister David Templeman will today confirm plans to suspend the council and appoint a panel of inquiry after a fortnight of turmoil in which chief executive Martin Mileham and Mr Mianich took stress leave. The panel will have the powers of a royal commission to investigate the City and run the council. According to City guidelines, examples of incidents that could lead to the business continuity management plan being activated include fire, flood or explosion causing significant damage to building and infrastructure, prolonged loss of electric power, phones or IT services or a security or criminal incident. The memo was signed by community and commercial services director Rebecca Moore on behalf of Ms Barrenger and construction and maintenance director Paul Crosetta. Economic development and activation director Annaliese Battista, who was subsequently appointed acting chief executive on Tuesday night after the special council meeting went ahead, was on annual leave at the time and her name did not appear on the memo.
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Integrated Planning & Reporting
The Integrated Planning and Reporting IPR Framework aims to ensure integration of community priorities with strategic planning for Council, as well as implementation of the objectives that have been set from these priorities. The diagram below shows how all of the elements of the framework fit together to deliver council priorities which are informed by the community vision and aspirations. The IPR provides a framework for establishing local priorities that are linked to operational functions.
Andrew Hammond was one of the people sent in by the State Government to rescue the City of Perth, a role that was supposed to take six months as chair commissioner. Two-and-a-half years later, he's finally packing up his desk and planning to hand the city over to its new councillors and Lord Mayor. The council, under the stewardship of former mayor Lisa Scaffidi, was suspended in March and put under the control of the commissioners. A lengthy inquiry followed that was described by inquirer Tony Power as "the largest, most complex and most significant inquiry of its kind into any local government in the history of this state. The final report — 2, pages long — described a council beset by dysfunction and poor leadership, with rampant factionalism, interference in administration, a culture of self-interest and a lack of transparency.