An independent investigation has cleared Murray Shire councillor Ian Moon of having a pecuniary interest in a council debate last year.TRENT HORNEMAN May 9, 2014 5:00am
An independent investigation has cleared Murray Shire councillor Ian Moon of having a pecuniary interest in a council debate last year.
Cr Moon was alleged to have breached pecuniary interest guidelines when taking part in a debate to allow 25 parking bays in West St, Moama.
Members of the public and some councillors believed this was a conflict of interest as Cr Moon lived in neighbouring Simms St.
While a motion to have bays marked in West St was originally passed in council, a rescission motion was later signed by Crs Tom Weyrich, John Pocklington and Bill Anderson, who agreed that not enough investigation had been done in determining if there was a need for the bays to be marked.
Murray Shire’s corporate services director Phil Higgins called for the investigation in January.
Investigators considered a range of documents from council staff, including former general manager Greg Murdoch and former engineering services director Colin Sandford, Riverine Herald reports, plans and reports to council and letters of support from Moama Public School and Moama police.
In July, consultant O’Connell Workplace Relations found Cr Moon to have a pecuniary interest and that the matter should be referred to the Division of Local Government.
But in October, the Division of Local Government found there was insufficient evidence and that Murray Shire could consider investigating whether Cr Moon had breached the code.
In November, Murray Shire hired JSBA to investigate the matter.
The firm initially found there could have been a breach of the model code of conduct, but found no evidence to suggest the parking bays in West St would ease parking or traffic problems and that it ‘‘was unlikely Cr Moon would personally benefit from the introduction of marked 90° parking bays in the centre of West St’’.
At Tuesday’s Murray Shire meeting in Moama, Cr Moon spoke about the finding.
‘‘A code of conduct was put on me three times. All have proven to be false,’’ he said.
SPC Ardmona KidsTown has featured a beautiful wooden fruit bin maze for about 20 years, but over time the structure has started to deteriorate.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons have suffered a defeat at the hands of the Wangaratta Magpies at Norm Minns Oval in Wangaratta.
One message has come through loud and clear to me during this long campaign
The Moama-Echuca Border Raiders made it three wins from three grades at Harrison Reserve on Sunday in round five of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League.
TRADIES are usually part of the furniture at the Criterion Hotel on a weeknight, but last Wednesday they shared the space with some Australian political high-flyers.
SPONSORED: TAKE a trip to Bendigo this July and enjoy a country-style holiday, plus a jam-packed program of events at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show 2016.
Avenel win easy
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
THE Australian Hearing Bus is stopping by Heathcote to offer free hearing checks and raise hearing health awareness, to locals in the community.
Udderly delightful merchandise will be on offer around the Cobram district to help support dairy farmers facing tough times after suppliers Murray Goulburn and Fonterra announced price cuts.
Deniliquin’s Kayla Smith will travel to Canada on Wednesday to compete in two major athletics meets.
Murray Goulburn will open with $4.31/kg milk price for the 2016-2017 year.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.