Com­plaints about coun­cil­lors

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Mayor Jennifer Whit­ney has con­firmed that coun­cil is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing at least one com­plaint about a coun­cil­lor leak­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion.

Cr Whit­ney said that un­der the Lo­cal Govern­ment Act, all com­plaints must be in­ves­ti­gated.

She said there were sev­eral com­plaints be­ing in­ves­ti­gated at the mo­ment but would not con­firm which coun­cil­lors were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated or how many.

“We are con­tin­u­ally get­ting com­plaints about dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties that coun­cil­lors are un­der­tak­ing,” she said.

Cr Whit­ney said all com­plaints would be in­ves­ti­gated and as­sessed, firstly by the CEO.

She said that coun­cil­lors were of­ten privy to con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion which should not be leaked.

Bowen res­i­dent John Barnes says he has been ac­cused of re­ceiv­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion and this was sim­ply not true.

“I have re­ported dys­func­tional fi­nan­cial re­port­ing of coun­cil mat­ters for about six months,” he said.

“All my in­for­ma­tion has come from pub­licly avail­able doc­u­ments. I have not re­ceived any­thing from con­fi­den­tial sources.”

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