Councillor beefs security
A CITY of Stirling councillor has spent thousands of dollars installing security equipment after a repulsive incident.
Cr Giovanni Italiano said he installed $2000 worth of security cameras at his home after finding a decapitated rat in his front yard in February.
“I want to feel safe in my home,” he said.
“From time to time you get disgruntled ratepayers… but they usually accept and move on.”
Inglewood ward Cr Bianca Sandri made the similar discovery of a dead rat outside her home six weeks ago. They have both reported the incidents to police.
Cr Italiano was concerned issues might continue and believed it could relate to “cyber bullying” that occurred during last year’s council election campaign, which he described as “abuse” he had not previously experienced in his 22-year involvement in local government.
“Where does this stop? These intimidating
things should not be happening. It’s time to let those people know they won’t get away with it,” he said.
Cr Sandri said she was not “overly concerned” and reported the incident as a precaution.
She said there was not yet any indication as to whether the act was deliberate or connected to the one at Cr Italiano’s home.
“As a new councillor, I have been really happy with the training, support and advice provided to councillors,” she said.
City of Stirling chief executive Stuart Jardine said the City was made aware of the incidents when they occurred and spoke with Crs Sandri and Italiano at the time.
“No councillor should never be made to feel unsafe or threatened. The City of Stirling has a zero tolerance approach to bullying and intimidation and provides support, training and education to councillors (and staff) on these issues,” he said.
A police spokesman confirmed the incidents were being investigated.