Fidge withdraws motions

THREE intended notices of motion calling for his fellow councillors to be censured have been withdrawn by Councillor Julian Fidge as a “goodwill gesture”.

Cr Fidge had submitted the notices of motion to council management ahead of next week’s ordinary council meeting, but they were withdrawn following advice received from Local Government Victoria representatives on Monday.

The intended motions had called for Crs Tammy Atkins, Don Joyce and Lisa McInerney to be censured for breaching council’s code of conduct.

Cr Fidge said he decided to withdraw the notices of motion after Monday’s meeting, where councillors received advice about preparing a new code of conduct.

“We’ve had some advice …which was very helpful,” he said.

“For my part I’m happy to withdraw them (the notices of motion).”

Council had sought legal advice about the notices of motion and whether they could in fact go before next Tuesday night’s meeting.

Cr Fidge said he believed they were legally fine and would have gone before the meeting, but he decided to withdraw them as a gesture of “goodwill”.

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