Our community is breathing a sigh of relief today.
I welcome the Minister’s appointment of Administrator Dick Persson AM to Central Coast Council. I am also pleased that Mr Persson will bring with him Rik Hart, a highly experienced former local government general manager to oversee the council’s operational recovery. Both have a strong history of rebuilding dysfunctional councils.
The NSW Government is still unaware of Central Coast Council’s true financial position. This will be the first order of business for Mr Persson and Mr Hart.
Given the magnitude of the current financial situation, the path to recovery will be long and difficult, and I thank the Minister for putting our community’s best interests first by intervening.