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The Administrators were appointed to Wollongong City Council in 2008 and will be carrying out this function until local government elections are held in 2012. They are not employees or officers of the Council.

The role of the Administrators is to make decisions about the running of Wollongong City Council and put forward views of the people in our community. The Administrators hold Council meetings and ensure the General Manager and Council officers carry out decisions made at these meetings.

Our three Administrators are:

 

Dr Col Gellatly AO

 

Mr Robert McGregor AM

 

Mr Richard Colley (B.Com UNSW)

 Dr Col Gellatly AO

 Mr Robert McGregor AM

 Mr Richard Colley
(B.Com UNSW)

Dr Col Gellatly AO is the former head of Premier and Cabinet, he is currently Chair of the Redfern Waterloo Authority, Chair of Pillar Corporation (Wollongong based superannuation administration), and a member of the State Water Board. Dr Gellatly AO is a member of the Council of the University of New England and a member of the UNE Foundation.

Mr Robert McGregor AM is the former CEO of NSW Health, the Chief Secretary’s Department, the NSW Ambulance Service and the NSW Department of Industrial Relations.

Mr Richard Colley (B.Com UNSW) has a long history in Local Government. He was the General Manager of Bankstown City Council and the commissioner appointed to carry out 2008’s public inquiry into Shellharbour Council.

The three Administrators assume the role of the Lord Mayor and elected Councillors. All decisions previously made by the Lord Mayor and the Councillors are now made by the Administrators. The information below will answer some of the community’s questions around the role of the Administrators.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q) How long have the Administrators been appointed for?
A) Administrators will be in place until the new Council is in place following the election on 3 September 2011.
 
Q) If I have an issue I would like to raise, who do I contact now?
A) You can submit your customer request online or phone Council's Customer Service Centre. Alternatively you can direct correspondence to either Administrators or the General Manager via mail or email.

Q) Will there still be Council meetings?
A) Yes. The schedule for future Council meetings is available on our meetings webpage.

Q) Do the Administrators receive any remuneration?
A) Yes, the Administrators receive remuneration and reimbursement of reasonable expenses as determined by the Division of Local Government.

Q) How does an Administrator affect the day to day operation of Council?
A) Council’s day to day operations are not affected by the appointment of Administrators.  Council will continue to deliver a vast range of services to meet the diverse needs of the community.

Q) Does the appointment of Administrators affect Council staff?
A) Council staff report to the General Manager so they are not affected by the appointment of Administrators.

Q) Does the role of the General Manager change?
A)
No. The role of the General Manager remains the same.

Q) When did the Administrators start?
A) The Administrators were appointed on Tuesday 4 March 2008.

Q) How long have the Administrators been appointed for?
A) The Administrators will hold office for a period of four years or until an election is called by the State Government.

Q) Where are the Administrators be based?
A) The Administrators have an office in the Wollongong City Council Administration Building at 41 Burelli Street, Wollongong. The Administrators are based at Council as required to fulfill their roles.

Q) What powers do the Administrators have?
A) The Administrators have all the powers of any elected Council.

Q) Will the Administrators attend public meetings and functions that the Lord Mayor attended?
A) The Administrators attend public meetings and functions where possible and appropriate.

Q) Who is the media contact for the Administrators?
A) All enquiries should be directed to Wollongong City Council’s Media Team on 4227 7100.

Q) If I have an issue I would like to raise, who do I contact now?
A) Phone Council or visit Council’s Administration Building. Council’s switchboard operators will ensure your enquiry is directed to the correct person. Alternatively you can direct correspondence to either Administrators or the General Manager via mail or email.

Q) How do I contact Council's Administrators?
Phone: 4227 7013
Mail: Wollongong City Council. Locked Bag 8821, Wollongong DC NSW 2500. Attention The Administrators

Q) Do I still lodge my development Application (DA) with Council?
A) Development Applications continue to go through the same process within Council.

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