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On Friday 19 June 2020, a Panel of Administrators was appointed to the City of Whittlesea.

Panel of Administrators

Victorian Premier The Hon Daniel Andrews appointed a panel of Administrators to the Whittlesea on Friday 19 June 2020.

Interim Administrator Lydia Wilson was appointed Chair with Ms Peita Duncan and The Hon Bruce Billson also appointed.

Administrators carry out the role, responsibilities and functions of councillors as set out in the Local Government Act and the Panel undertakes the roe of the Council.

Administrators were appointed after the dismissal of Councillors following Parliament approving the Local Government (Whittlesea City Council) Act, which came into effect at midnight on Friday 20 March 2020.

The Panel of Administrators will remain until the October 2024 local government election.

Chair Lydia Wilson

Lydia Wilson began as Administrator on Saturday 21 March 2020. She was appointed Chair of the Panel of Administrators on Friday 19 June 2020.

Ms Wilson brings a depth of corporate governance experience to the Administrator role.

She has served on multiple not for profit, public and private sector boards and advisory committees over the past 25 years.

Her governance roles have included appointments on Ministerial Advisory Committees in relation to waterways, waste and resource recovery.

Other board governance appointments have been in the areas of procurement, aged care, childcare and health services.

She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a past Fellow of Local Government Professionals.

As a former chief executive of three Victorian municipalities - Manningham, Yarra and Macedon Ranges - Lydia has a detailed understanding of the Local Government sector and brings valuable experience to support her Administrator function.

Messages from the Administrators

Draft Budget and Council Action Plan

Thursday 16 April 2020

Our Draft Budget and Draft Council Plan for 2020-21 have been adopted and will go on public consultation this Saturday 18 April for six weeks. The Draft Budget considers the evolving COVID-19 challenges and impacts while delivering critical major projects and continuing services for the community. It includes a $2 million COVID-19 Community Recovery Fund that will be co-designed with local businesses, sporting clubs, community groups and residents, and an $83.86M capital works program. Public consultation has been extended from 28 days to six weeks and will conclude midday Friday 29 May.

COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy

Tuesday 7 April 2020

Stage 1 of our relief package to the community has been released, which includes $50,000 for Whittlesea Community Connections, a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy for all residents, and initiatives to help businesses during this pandemic. These measures are complementary to the many initiatives already announced by the Federal and State Governments. More community relief from the City of Whittlesea will be announced soon.

Watch the Administrator's address to the community

Thursday 26 March 2020


Statement on the passing of David Turnbull

Staff at the City of Whittlesea have expressed deep sadness at the passing of former CEO Mr David Turnbull.

David played a pivotal role in shaping the City or Whittlesea as we know it today, leading the organisation from 2009-2016.

He was greatly respected by staff and the community alike for his calm and considered approach even under the most challenging of circumstances.  

A pioneer in growing the role of local government advocacy, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Interface Group of Councils, Interface Growth Fund and National Growth Areas Alliance, which all deliver significant Federal and State policy and funding outcomes for all growth areas.

David’s legacy lives on in the City of Whittlesea today. 

We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Suzane and children Tessa, Tom, Alice and Angus.

Quote from Administrator Lydia Wilson

“David was a Local Government colleague who I have known over many years. I greatly admired his intellect, his humanity and his calm and considered approach no matter what the issue. He  has left a remarkable legacy of leadership and achievement and will be greatly missed by all.“