No power to sack Cr Fidge

McCurdy asks, Minister clarifies

SEEKING CLARITY: Tim McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley) raised council ‘confusion’ in Parliament this week.

‘CONFUSION’ over Wangaratta’s council woes has been addressed in State Parliament.

Tim McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley) and Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell, spoke about the issue on Wednesday night, with both taking the opportunity to hit back at claims made by the Australian Services Union (ASU) in the Wangaratta Chronicle.

The ASU has repeatedly called for Councillor Julian Fidge to be suspended or sacked, referring to elements within the Local Government Act which they say gives Ms Powell the power to do so.

But Mr McCurdy said the claims had caused confusion, and called on the minister to clear up the issue.

“The union’s claims are causing confusion and uncertainty in the community because they are telling the public that the minister can and should dismiss the individual councillor, nominating a number of provisions of the act they claim are relevant,” he said.

Mr McCurdy also said “governance in the Rural City of Wangaratta has not been compromised to this point”.

Ms Powell responded, telling parliament she does not have the power to sack an individual councillor.

Click here to read the full exchange between Mr McCurdy and Ms Powell.

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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