Moira Shire Councillors are reminded of their duties after allegations of bullying and mismanagement.TONI BRIENT March 19, 2014 4:05am
Local Government Victoria head Nick Foa visited Moira Shire Council on Monday, as the organisation continues to be scrutinised by the Victorian Government over allegations levelled against councillors and senior staff members last year.
A raft of claims ranging from bullying to mismanagement emerged after then-chief financial officer Adrian Pawar quit his council role in August.
At the council meeting in Wunghnu on Monday night, Mayor Peter Mansfield did not address the claims or investigation specifically, but announced former Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell ‘‘did not signal concerns with the operational or financial management of the council’’.
The Courier sought to confirm Cr Mansfield’s statements with the Local Government Department but a representative was not available before publication.
‘‘The meeting (with Mr Foa) was very constructive and identified a number of ways council can improve the governance processes at the shire,’’ Cr Mansfield said.
‘‘Good governance is vital to investor and community confidence in our leadership.
‘‘I am confident that after today’s discussions we are on the right track.’’
Mr Foa yesterday issued a statement saying he met with Moira councillors, acting chief executive Peter Bertolus and senior officers, reminding them about their ‘‘obligations and responsibility to deliver good government’’.
‘‘It was agreed that each councillor would take measures to address issues of conduct and governance that would restore order and instil confidence in the daily workings of council.
‘‘The way forward for Moira Shire is to focus on core business and for the councillors to work through the office of the chief executive officer so that due process is followed correctly and collective decision-making can prevail,’’ the statement said.
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