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CEO Tony McIlroy has issued a statement around the Councillor Code of Conduct issue currently being reported in the news.

Mr McIroy said:

"The Code of Conduct was presented for review to a Special Meeting of the Council on 25 May 2016, and was subsequently signed by all Councillors at the Council Meeting on 1 June 2016.

"The issue for Benalla is that the signature page did not contain the specific words “I abide by the Code of Conduct”. The error was identified and all Councillors completed a new declaration at the Council Meeting on 3 August 2016.

"This process was a new requirement introduced on 1 March 2016 this year under the Local Government (Improved Governance) Act 2015 and clearly a large number of Councils have found it complex to implement. I understand that in the majority of cases the non-compliance has been due to administrative error and no fault of the Councillors.

"I have been informed this morning by the CEO of the MAV that it has been advised by the State Government that it intends to introduce a legislative amendment for a solution to be finalised prior to 1 September 2016.

"There was a similar occurrence in the 1980s when legislation was introduced requiring all Councillors to complete a Return of Interests. Some Councillors refused or did not meet the deadline, and the State Government extended the period to comply.

Mayor Cr Justin King said:

"I am confident that common sense will prevail and that the State Government will rectify this in a timely manner."



 

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