Coun­cil tough­ens up con­duct rules

Canning Times - - NEWS - Emma Geary

CAN­NING City strength­ened its code of con­duct re­in­forc­ing a com­mit­ment by coun­cil­lors to en­gage in all in­for­ma­tion fo­rums the City or­gan­ises.

Coun­cil­lor Patrick Hall, who ad­vo­cated for a num­ber of code amend­ments, said con­sid­er­ing that Can­ning Coun­cil has been sacked in the past good gov­er­nance, ac­count­abil­ity and the code were of im­por­tance to the com­mu­nity.

“The coun­cil has had a trou­bled and for­get­table his­tory,” Cr Hall said. “Some key changes to the Code of Con­duct have oc­curred and I know that the com­mu­nity will be pleased to hear about them.”

At last month’s or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing coun­cil­lors voted on a num­ber of amend­ments to the code in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a new clause and a re­place­ment clause 15.

Clause 16 pro­vides: “We will make ev­ery en­deav­our to at­tend such in­for­ma­tion fo­rums as the City or­gan­ises, to share in­for­ma­tion with Elected Mem­bers.

“These are in ad­di­tion to Or­di­nary and Spe­cial Coun­cil Meet­ings and may in­clude Stand­ing or For­mal Com­mit­tees, Strate­gic Is­sues Brief­ings, Agenda Brief­ings, or other such meet­ings. In the event that an Elected Mem­ber is un­able to at­tend such an oc­ca­sion, the Elected Mem­ber has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to make ev­ery en­deav­our to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion pro­vided, or meet the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer or other ap­pro­pri­ate Direc­tor to re­ceive a brief­ing.”

Clause 15 was re­placed pro­vid­ing bet­ter clar­ity re­gard­ing po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­vides: “We, Elected Mem­bers, will not en­gage in po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties which could cast doubt on our neu­tral­ity and im­par­tial­ity when act­ing in our of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity.”

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