Code of con­duct for shire coun­cils

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

BA­NANA Shire res­i­dents can now ac­cess a new Code of Con­duct for Coun­cil­lors through the Of­fice of the In­de­pen­dent Asses­sor.

The OIA re­cently opened to start work as the new body to re­ceive, as­sess, in­ves­ti­gate and pros­e­cute com­plaints about coun­cil­lor con­duct in Queens­land.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Stirling Hinch­liffe said the OIA is headed up by re­spected crime in­ves­ti­ga­tor Kath­leen Flo­rian.

“This is the start of a new era of ac­count­abil­ity, in­tegrity and trans­parency as we re­build the com­mu­nity’s faith and trust in lo­cal gov­ern­ment,” Mr Hinch­liffe said.

“The In­de­pen­dent Asses­sor has the power to in­ves­ti­gate and de­ter­mine gen­uine com­plaints more ef­fec­tively while be­ing able to quickly dis­miss vex­a­tious com­plaints.”

The code is backed by a range of penal­ties in­clud­ing rep­ri­mands, or­ders for coun­selling and re­im­burse­ments of costs and ap­plies to all coun­cils, ex­cept Bris­bane City Coun­cil that has a sep­a­rate code.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit ww­woia.qld.gov.au.

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