Cr Fidge calls for Cr Atkin’s suspension

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Tammy Atkins

COUNCILLOR Tammy Atkins is the target of the latest move by Cr Julian Fidge.

Cr Fidge has written to the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate, asking for Cr Atkins to be investigated and prosecuted for what he says were breaches of the Local Government Act.

His evidence of Cr Atkins’ alleged breaches rely on a letter she sent to council’s then acting chief executive officer, Ray Park, making a formal complaint against Cr Fidge and requesting a councillor code of conduct panel be formed.

In his email to the inspectorate, Cr Fidge states that Cr Atkins’ letter “contains a series of vexatious, trivial and misconceived complaints”.

His email states Cr Atkins should not have asked for a councillor code of conduct panel to be formed, but should have written to him instead.

“The Internal Dispute Resolution process provided in the Code of Conduct lays out the procedures for resolving conflicts at the lowest possible level, as you would expect,” Cr Fidge’s email states.

“Cr Atkins should have written to me, but she did not.

“If she did not wish to write to me, she should have written to the Mayor and asked for assistance to sort out any dispute.”

The Wangaratta Chronicle contacted Cr Atkins on Friday and she said she was unaware Cr Fidge had lodged a complaint, taking issue with her actions to address what she considered to be his inappropriate and bullying behavior directed toward fellow councillors and council staff.

“I make no apologies for eventually having to call a Councillor Conduct Panel in an effort to bring an end to this situation,” she said.

“If Cr Fidge has not breached the code of conduct then he has nothing to worry about.”

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