Council truce?

Cr Fidge follows through on promise of “goodwill”

BIG CROWD: Plenty attended last month’s council meeting.

THERE’RE signs the Rural City of Wangaratta could be in the midst of a ceasefire.

Tomorrow night’s ordinary council meeting looks to be just that, ordinary.

Councillor Julian Fidge has followed through on his promise to withdraw his intended notices of motion asking for fellow councillors Don Joyce, Tammy Atkins and Lisa McInerney to be censured.

Cr Fidge told the Chronicle he withdrew the notices of motion as a gesture of “goodwill” and after councillors received advice from Local Government Victoria representatives.

Just one notice of motion will go before council tomorrow night’s council meeting, with Cr Fidge asking his fellow councillors to support a motion that all councillor expenses be published on council’s website each quarter.

Despite the apparent truce, council still finds itself in the middle of a great big mess brought about by tensions between some councillors and some council staff.

Probity auditor, Bill Scales is overseeing an investigation into a complaint by Cr Fidge against council’s chief executive officer, Doug Sharp, at least two councillor conduct panels have been formed as a result of complaints and the Local Government Compliance Inspectorate is conducting a thorough investigation into council.

Local Government Minister, Jeanette Powell has also told council it needs to adopt a new code of conduct before April 30.

This post is part of the thread: Council Dramas – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.

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