Healy fac­ing charges

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

For­mer Mur­rindindi Shire coun­cil­lor Chris Healy has been served with five charges re­lat­ing to al­leged mis­use of po­si­tion.

The Lo­cal Govern­ment In­ves­ti­ga­tions and Com­pli­ance In­spec­torate al­leges that as a for­mer coun­cil­lor, Mr Healy at­tempted to gain an ad­van­tage on five sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions by mak­ing im­proper use of in­for­ma­tion ac­quired while a coun­cil­lor in writ­ten or oral sub­mis­sions re­gard­ing Mur­rindindi Shire’s pro­posed rat­ing strat­egy.

The In­spec­torate be­gan its in­ves­ti­ga­tion in March 2015. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion took a con­sid­er­able time to com­plete due to the com­plex analysis of doc­u­ments and the pri­ori­ti­sa­tion of in­ves­ti­ga­tions into elec­tion of­fences in 2016.

The In­spec­torate has filed the charges in re­la­tion to al­leged mis­use of po­si­tion un­der sec­tion 76D(1) of the Lo­cal Govern­ment Act 1989.

Mis­use of po­si­tion car­ries a se­ri­ous penalty of a $93 276 fine or up to five years’ im­pris­on­ment or both.

How­ever, the Sen­tenc­ing Act 1991 gives a mag­is­trate dis­cre­tion to re­duce any penalty im­posed.

‘‘This mat­ter re­flects the ex­pec­ta­tions and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of a coun­cil­lor when privy to in­for­ma­tion re­ceived only as a re­sult of hold­ing the of­fice of coun­cil­lor,’’ chief mu­nic­i­pal in­spec­tor David Wolf said.

‘‘As the mat­ter is now be­fore the courts, the In­spec­torate can­not pro­vide any fur­ther com­ment.’’

Mr Healy is expected to front court in June.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.