• New doubt over bid by Cr Fidge to freeze his suspension

    Cr Julian Fidge

    COUNCILLOR Julian Fidge’s application for a stay on his two month suspension from the Rural City of Wangarata Council has hit a hurdle.

    Cr Fidge’s case is due to be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) today.

    He is appealing the suspension handed down by the Councillor Conduct Panel (CCP) headed by lawyer, Peter Batrouney, last week, which found he had breached the council code of conduct.

    On his application last week for a stay of his suspension Cr Fidge put down Mr Batrouney’s name as the respondent.

    But Mr Batrouney has advised VCAT he will not be attending, as the Rural City of Wangaratta, not himself, should be the respondent.

    It is understood council also has no intention of attending today’s hearing, placing everything in doubt.

    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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