Coun­cil­lors al­lowed to dis­cuss, but not to vote

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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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