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A public inquiry has been announced into Balranald Shire Council.
A public inquiry has been announced into Balranald Shire Council.

A PUBLIC inquiry into Balranald Shire Council has been announced leaving the mayor and councillors' jobs hanging in the balance.

Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton has appointed a commissioner for the conduct of a public inquiry under section 438U of the Local Government Act 1993.

There are six key points that the commissioner, Roslyn McCulloch, will focus on for her report, including council's exercise of its functions pursuant to the Local Government Act  and "any other matters that warrants mention, particularly those that may impact on the effective administration of council's functions and responsibilities or the community's confidence in the council being able to do so".

Balranald Shire Council mayor Alan Purtill said the council was "disappointed" the minister had taken this approach, but expressed support for the process and promised to work proactively with the commissioner throughout the inquiry.

"From an operational perspective, council will continue to deliver the highest level of service our community has come to expect," Cr Putrill said.

Full coverage in Friday's Guardian.