‘Take a deep breath’

Inspector believes council issues can be resolved

RELIEF: Mayor, Rozi Parisotto (right) expressed relief at the arrival of municipal inspector, Peter Stephenson. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

MUNICIPAL inspector, Peter Stephenson, has urged warring parties to “take a deep breath” and get on with business at the Rural City of Wangaratta Council.

Mr Stephenson began his role at council on Monday, after being appointed by Local Government Minister, Jeanette Powell, with a clear mandate to sort the council out and regularly update her on its ability to function.

He told journalists at a press conference yesterday he had absolute confidence issues plaguing council could be resolved, and that council could avoid being sacked.

“I wouldn’t have taken on the role if I didn’t think it was possible and I come with that absolute commitment,” he said.

“I believe if the council and the administration continue to send the positive messages they’ve been sending since I’ve been here then that’s certainly achievable.

“In my walking around the building, people are busy doing their roles.

“They’re not walking away from those roles, they’re looking to how they can do them better.

“It’s business as usual.

“What this is about is getting the focus back onto business as usual, rather than any sideshow.

“I want everyone to take a deep breath and say what’s past is past.”

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