Cr Fidge flags court action

Minister criticised, answers sought over code of conduct complaints

COURT action could be taken against the Rural City of Wangaratta, if Councillor Julian Fidge doesn’t get the answers he wants.

COURT action could be taken against the Rural City of Wangaratta, if Councillor Julian Fidge doesn’t get the answers he wants.

Cr Fidge has flagged taking council to the Supreme Court in a letter sent to municipal inspector, Peter Stephenson.

In the letter he also questions the role of Local Government Minister, Jeanette Powell, in encouraging “dishonest, destructive conduct” by council officers.

The letter was written after Cr Fidge “had to waste four days of my life” in “useless” councillor code of conduct panel hearings last week.

During the hearings Cr Fidge was surprised to learn about several complaints against him by fellow councillors which he hadn’t been previously informed of.

“I’d never seen these complaints before,” he said.

“I walked in there and was ambushed and asked to answer questions about these complaints I’d never heard of.

“I stood there and said I can’t talk to these items because I wasn’t aware of them.”

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