Two Byron Shire councillors face censure

By GARY CHIGWIDDEN

TWO Byron Shire councillors could be censured at a vote tomorrow over alleged code of conduct breaches.

The council's general manager, Pamela Westing, said that the names of the councillors and the details of the allegations could not be made public for reasons of 'procedural fairness'.

However, Ms Westing said if it was found there had been a breach of the code, the councillors' identities would be revealed to the public.

The allegations will be raised at a meeting tomorrow. It follows complaints about the behaviour of three councillors, but the council's Conduct Committee had found there had been prima facie breaches of the code by only two councillors.

In the council's meeting agenda, the accused councillors are referred to as 'A' and 'B'.

In Councillor A's case, the alleged breach occurred at a council committee meeting.

Councillor B's alleged breach related to a vote on membership of community representatives to a council advisory committee.

Ms Westing said the sanctions available to the council included censuring the councillors for misbehaviour, requiring the councillors to apologise to anyone adversely affected by the breach of the code, referring the matter to an appropriate investigative body, or prosecution for any breach of law.



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