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Campaspe Shire Council leak under investigation

Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate are in the process of interviewing Campaspe Shire councillors, a former councillor and staff about a leak of information.

TRENT HORNEMAN January 27, 2014 4:12am

Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate members have interviewed Campaspe Shire councillors, a former councillor and staff after confidential information appeared in the Riverine Herald last year.

The council confirmed interviews started last Tuesday, but could not predict how long they would go for or when a result of the investigation would be known.

Mayor Ian Maddison asked chief executive Keith Baillie to call the inspectorate in July after former councillor Peter Williams was appointed chairman of the newly-formed Port of Echuca Precinct Strategic Advisory Committee.

The Riv reported three councillors walked out of the confidential debate in protest.

At the time, the shire wanted to investigate how the story was leaked to the Riv.

‘‘The Shire of Campaspe has notified the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate of an incident relating to confidential information appearing in a local newspaper,’’ a shire statement read.

‘‘Section 77 of the Local Government Act requires that confidential information must not be released, which includes items within the council meeting agenda designated as confidential.’’

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