Hearing more complaints

Councillors Atkins, Fidge involved in code of conduct panel next week

DETAILS of what will be discussed at yet another councillor code of conduct panel have been revealed.

The panel, consisting of two members appointed by the Municipal Association of Victoria at a cost of about $1800 per day to council, will sit in Wangaratta on July 24.

Panel members will hear complaints by Councillor Tammy Atkins against Councillor Julian Fidge.

The complaints centre around Cr Fidge’s actions over the past two months, and are separate matters to the 55 complaints Cr Atkins made earlier in the year which, along with almost 150 other complaints, were heard by a councillor code of conduct panel over four and a half days.

Cr Atkins’ new complaints relate to:

• a council forum meeting when Cr Atkins alleges Cr Fidge instructed her to vote in a certain way, or the matter would end up in the Supreme Court;

• Cr Fidge’s media release calling for Cr Atkins to be suspended;

• an email Cr Fidge sent to a council staff member where he labelled the staff member’s behavior “appalling” for emailing him through the mayor, rather than directly, to ask for his dinner order; and

• for media statements made about chief executive officer, Doug Sharp.

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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