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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

An open letter to Councillors

Councillors, I look forward to see how you vote on adopting the Minutes of the March 26th 2019 at next Tuesday's Council meeting. No doubt you will have read them, for to vote on their adoption is a formal record that you have in fact read them and found them to be accurate - sadly they are not. Please consider the following article very carefully: Having now been informed that the minutes are incorrect by a ratepayer I expect that you, as councillors, will raise my concerns with the General Manager. I expect the minutes of March 26th 2019 to be corrected to reflect the motion put forward by Councillor Pollock and seconded by Councillor Thomson with the statement of the correction publicly announced during the meeting (rather than just in mumbled in the pre-meeting Briefing) so that it can be publicly witnessed and video recorded for the public record as a Code of Conduct may well be forthcoming and the recording might prove useful as evidence along with the copy of the agenda now held. At some point it would also be terrific to learn that a councillor has asked to sight the legal opinion which advised removal of twelve minutes of Mr Bernard's presentation and the ensuing fiasco from the public record. It is understandable that moderate editing might be advised to remove THE WORD and its inference however by removing twelve minutes Council effectively removed public information from the public record and it had neither the legal or ethical right to do so. I would hope that a full and detailed report of the process to determine what was edited is requested explaining legally why ALL of the twelve minutes were deleted. It is now widely speculated that the overt censorship was carried out to protect the failure of the Chair and the "good name of Council" removing what was an embarrassing fiasco from the public record. See you on Tuesday Lei NOTE: It is intended to bring a Code of Conduct against the General Manager for her failure to accurately present the Minutes to be adopted. Hopefully the Code of Conduct won't be extended to Councillors who knowingly adopted those minutes having been advised that they were NOT an accurate account of the meeting. The General Manager failed to record Clr Rob Pollock's motion in the minutes. That motion was contained within the 12 minutes covertly censored by Council from the visual and audio record. Note that the Minutes DO NOT include the Motion of Clr Rob Pollock for Mr Bernard to either apologise and retract his statement or be removed from the meeting Code of Meeting Practice 16.2 Matters to be included in minutes of Council meeting(1) Council is required to ensure that full and accurate minutes are kept of the proceedings of a meeting of the Council (other provisions of the Regulation and of the Act require particular matters to be recorded in Council’s minutes). LGA Sec 375(2) The General Manager must ensure that the following matters are recorded in the Council’s minutes as a minimum: (a) details of each Motion moved at a Council meeting and of any Amendments moved to it, (b) the names of the mover and seconder of the Motion or Amendment, (c) whether the Motion or Amendment is passed or lost,

NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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