Whittlesea administrator resigns

City of Whittlesea administrators Bruce Billson has resigned. He is pictured with Lydia Wilson and Peita Duncan.

City of Whittlesea administrator Bruce Billson has resigned his position to accept a new national role as small business ombudsman for the Federal Government.

Mr Billson was appointed to the panel of administrators last year after the State Government sacked the previous council when a report by the municipal monitor found that its governance had irretrievably collapsed. 

Mr Billson’s resignation is effective immediately, and it is the role of the State Government to appoint a new administrator to the City of Whittlesea, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Council chair administrator Lydia Wilson and administrator Peita Duncan said they remained committed to their roles and the work they were undertaking.

“There will be no change to any of council’s plans, projects or decisions due to this resignation, and our community can be assured that Peita and I are fully committed to our administrator roles at Council for the full term of our appointment until 2024,” Ms Wilson said.

Mr Billson has had a significant career in politics, including multiple parliamentary secretary roles and holding elected office in the House of Representatives for Dunkley, Victoria over several terms. 

During his eight months as administrator, Mr Billson supported both Ms Wilson and Ms Duncan in their roles, which Ms Wilson said was productive.

“Together, administrator Peita Duncan, Bruce and myself have enjoyed a united and respectful relationship dedicated to providing the best outcomes for people living and working in the City of Whittlesea,” she said. 

“We have also made significant headway in restoring governance at council in a short period of time.

“We will certainly miss Bruce’s energy, passion and ideas that he brought to briefings, council meetings and when engaging with our community.”

Ms Wilson said she looked forward to the government announcing a replacement administrator for the City of Whittlesea.