‘Mr Paparazzi’ faces sack as mayor

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City of Greater Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons

Flamboyant Australian mayor and ex-paparazzo Darryn​ Lyons is expected to be sacked alongside his entire council.

The Victorian state government said Geelong City Council was unable to govern amid claims of endemic bullying, poor leadership and incompetence.

A bill to dismiss the council will be put before state Parliament alongside a 100-plus page report on Tuesday.

Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins said there was no choice but to sack the council.

“It is not a decision that has been taken lightly,” Ms Hutchins said.

“The people of Geelong deserve better. The city is too important for it to be run by a dysfunctional council that is simply unable to work together.”

Ms Hutchins said parliament would be asked to dismiss the council until elections in October 2020 to “ensure a fresh start”, with an administrator brought in to run its affairs.

Mr Lyons, who branded himself “Mr Paparazzi”, attained a modest level of celebrity in Australia and the UK through his photography agency and television appearances.

He was widely ridiculed after revealing on the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother that a surgeon had “body sculpted” his six-pack of abs through a surgical procedure.

He returned to his hometown of Geelong in the Australian state of Victoria after his picture agency, Big Pictures, went into administration in the UK.

Mr Lyons was elected mayor of Geelong in 2013.

The BBC has asked Geelong Council for comment.

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