Bully probe is confidential

Closed door discussion, but Cr Fidge, union want staff claims public

BOTH the union and Councillor Julian Fidge agree they want information about council’s bullying investigation to come out.

How the Rural City of Wangaratta will act on an investigation which substantiated 21 of 23 allegations of bullying by Cr Fidge towards council staff was discussed behind closed doors at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Councillors met in private for an hour to discuss the matter, as well as the appointment of an acting chief executive officer.

Mayor, Rozi Parisotto confirmed what was discussed behind closed doors would remain confidential.

But both the Australian Services Union’s Ty Lockwood, who held placards at the meeting, and Cr Fidge wanted the information made public.

Cr Fidge said the union protest was “a demonstration of what happens when you become so secretive that only some people know what’s going on”.

“As much as I would like to make everything public, that’s my default position, and say ‘look, there’s nothing for you to worry about’, I can’t do that.”

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