Call for code of conduct training
BALLINA Shire councillors and staff should be put through training on the organisation’s code of conduct in the wake of a finding against Ballina Councillor Peter Moore, the council will be told today.
The recommendation is one of four put to the council by general manager Paul Hickey as part of a report summing up the council’s code of conduct finding that Cr Moore failed to declare a non-pecuniary interest in relation to a development application from high profile developer Chris Condon last year.
However, the finding, by conduct committee member and retired council general manager Gary Faulks, said the nature of the breach warranted no sanctions against Cr Moore.
Mr Faulks’ findings noted Cr Moore believed there was no conflict of interest because the nature of his relationship with Mr Condon had changed. However, they go on to say there was a ‘perception’ within the community that Cr Moore had a non-pecuniary interest in Mr Condon. It was on that basis that Mr Faulks based his findings.
In a report on the findings before today’s Ballina Shire Council meeting, Mr Hickey recommends he ‘facilitate’ further training for councillors and council staff on the code of conduct.
Mr Hickey also recommends the council accept Mr Faulks’ finding that it accepts no action is warranted against Cr Moore.
He recommends the council’s Conduct Review Panel be expanded from three members – Mr Faulks, police Inspector Greg Moore and lawyer David Wolff – to four by adding businessman David Gibson to the panel.
The expansion would allow a full panel to examine cases when one member was not available.