Maranoa councillor warned after alleged misconduct
A Maranoa Regional councillor has been dismissed of any misconduct but warned of their duties as a councillor after it was alleged they did not declare valuable information during a conflict of interest in a council meeting.
A complaint received by the Office of Independent Assessor (OIA) on December 17 2020 claims a councillor undertook inquiries and obtained information from council on behalf of a resident regarding the mechanism for turning an overpayment of rates into a donation to council, without disclosing that the resident was the councillor's mother.
The OIA decided to take no further action under the Local Government Act 2009 on the basis that taking further action would be an 'unjustifiable use of resources'.
Investigators noted when the matter was brought before council, the councillor declared an interest in the matter and did not participate in the discussion or vote.
The OIA states that the councillor has been reminded of the local government principles and the potential scope of the influence provision in section 175I of the Local Government Act 2009.
The Western Star understands that councillors elect whether they wish to publish their name against such findings.
The Maranoa councillor did not elect to publish their name on the council website.