Record­ing dis­con­tent

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

OUT­GO­ING Bel­mont coun­cil­lors spoke up last week about their con­cern over meet­ings not be­ing recorded.

A num­ber of coun­cil­lors made ref­er­ence to the mat­ter in their fi­nal speeches, with meet­ings not recorded elec­tron­i­cally for the gen­eral pub­lic to ac­cess.

Coun­cil­lor Paul Hitt was the first to ad­dress the is­sue in his leav­ing speech, with the coun­cil­lor not stand­ing for re-elec­tion.

The West ward coun­cil­lor sug­gested some coun­cil­lors do not want to be held re­spon­si­ble for what they said in meet­ings, and said he had now seen both sides of the coin as a ratepayer group pres­i­dent and elected of­fi­cial.

Coun­cil­lor Hitt said he would be at­tend­ing meet­ings again af­ter the elec­tion, but in the pub­lic gallery, where he is not bound by stand­ing or­ders.

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