Shire has no plans to bring in WALGA gag or­der

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

The Shire of Au­gusta-Mar­garet River and its coun­cil have no im­me­di­ate plan to in­tro­duce a con­tentious new lo­cal gov­ern­ment com­mu­ni­ca­tions pol­icy.

The WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion-de­vel­oped pol­icy has rolled into some other Shires and di­vided crit­ics who said it was a risk to elected mem­bers’ free speech.

Shire Pres­i­dent Pam Town­shend said she was aware of the pol­icy. “The Shire has noted WALGA’s pro­posed com­mu­ni­ca­tions pol­icy, but does not have any plans to amend its own pol­icy,” she said.

The new so­cial me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tions pol­icy seeks to cen­sor coun­cil­lors’ crit­i­cal com­ments made in pri­vate con­ver­sa­tions, emails and on­line.

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