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Municipal inspectorate called into Campaspe

The Shire of Campaspe has notified the Local Government Inspectorate of an alleged breach of confidentiality.

July 11, 2013 3:05pm

Shire of Campaspe offices in Echuca.


The Shire of Campaspe has notified the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate of an alleged breach of confidentiality.

The incident relates to confidential information appearing in a local newspaper.

Mayor Ian Maddison said he had requested the shire’s chief executive officer Keith Baillie to advise the Inspectorate of the incident.

He said while recognising the objectives of openness and transparency, there are circumstances outlined in Section 89 of the Act for which confidentiality is important.

Examples he cited were to do with contractual or personnel matters, or where discussions could prejudice council or any person.

‘‘Section 77 of the Act requires that confidential information must not be released, which includes items within the Council meeting agenda designated as confidential,’’ Cr Maddison said.

The particular incident relates to the appointment of community members to the Port of Echuca Precinct Strategic Advisory Committee.

The Inspectorate is an independent office within the Victorian Government Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure who is responsible for assessing compliance with the Local Government Act, the guiding legislation for Victoria’s 79 councils.

Mr Baillie said Council intends to inform the community as much as possible as to the progress and outcome of the matter.

‘‘At this time, however we are unable to provide further details or a likely timeframe until advice is received from the Inspectorate,’’ he said.

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