Councillors allowed to discuss, but not to vote
I REFER to the article in the July 7 edition headlined “Angry residents vow to fight” and the claim that (Town of Cambridge) “Crs Pauline O’Connor, Rod Bradley and Alan Langer were disqualified from voting by the Local Government Minister.”
This is incorrect. I did not disqualify any councillors from voting.
The Local Government Act obliges councillors to disclose when they have a relevant interest in a matter before council and prohibits those councillors from participating in any discussion or decision making in relation to the matter.
The Act provides that I or my delegate may allow such councillors to participate in discussions or the decision process if, either there would not be enough councillors to deal with the matter; or it is in the interests of the electors or ratepayers to do so.
I understand approval was provided allowing the councillors to participate in discussion but not to vote in relation to Amendment 31.
Tony Simpson, MLA, Minister for Local Government
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