NSW Government investigation finds Griffith City Council breached law on certifying multiple buildings

“I knew what I did was illegal…”

Council planning manager Carel Potgieter told the board “I knew what I did was illegal however I thought I was doing it within my delegation…”.

Council defended their actions in a submission to the BPB, highlighting problems they face in terms of staff shortages. Council said, “the motive for non-accredited officers to sign certificates was in the interest of customer service”.



John Prendergast

About John Prendergast

The Victorian Municipal Building Surveyors Group Inc (VMBSG) is an incorporated association made up of local government building control officers and other professionals who aim to advance and achieve the best ideals in local government building control. VMBSG provides municipal building surveyors, related professionals and associated functionaries a dedicated forum for discussion and resolution of issues and to develop procedures and policies for the management of local government building control. The State of Victoria has experienced major changes in building control over the last 20 years that have greatly affected the way in which councils carry out their functions. One of the key goals of the VMBSG is to continue developing strategic approaches to the relevant roles and responsibilities of local government.

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