SUSPENDING Councillor Julian Fidge (pictured) for two months will not solve the problems at the Rural City of Wangaratta.
The maverick councillor will be suspended from next Friday and must undergo counselling as a result of the findings of a councillor code of conduct panel hearing.
He has, however, lodged an appeal against the findings.
The Wangaratta Chronicle has seen the entire findings of the panel members who made the call to out Cr Fidge for two months for numerous acts of misconduct against his fellow councillors and council staff.
While laying much of the blame for council’s woes at Cr Fidge’s feet, the two councillor conduct panel members have hinted at the complex and systemic problems within the council currently facing the axe from Local Government Minister, Jeanette Powell.
They made their findings after a volatile five day panel hearing in Wangaratta in May, which saw a councillor and a staff member leave the hearing in tears.
In the report everything Cr Fidge alleged about his fellow councillors was rejected and pretty much everything alleged against him was upheld, with the members making four different findings of misconduct in relation to a raft of complaints by Councillors Don Joyce and Tammy Atkins, Mayor Rozi Parisotto and former councillor Lisa McInerney.
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