Tuesday 14 February 2017
In Council Chamber, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
RICKY KIRKHAM MAYOR, NORTH WARD
JOHN BUTLER NORTH WARD
EMILIA LISA STERJOVA NORTH WARD
NORM KELLY DEPUTY MAYOR, SOUTH EAST WARD
SAM ALESSI SOUTH EAST WARD
ALAHNA DESIATO SOUTH EAST WARD
MARY LALIOS SOUTH EAST WARD
LAWRIE COX SOUTH WEST WARD
STEVAN KOZMEVSKI SOUTH WEST WARD
CAZ MONTELEONE SOUTH WEST WARD
KRIS PAVLIDIS SOUTH WEST WARD
MICHAEL WOOTTEN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
RUSSELL HOPKINS DIRECTOR COMMUNITY SERVICES
STEVE O’BRIEN DIRECTOR PLANNING AND MAJOR PROJECTS
NICK MANN DIRECTOR CITY TRANSPORT & PRESENTATION
HELEN SUI DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES
LIANA THOMPSON DIRECTOR PARTNERSHIPS & ENGAGEMENT
MICHAEL TONTA MANAGER GOVERNANCE
ORDER OF BUSINESS
The Chief Executive Officer submits the following business:
1.1 MEETING OPENING AND PRAYER
The Chief Executive Officer opened the meeting with a prayer at 6.00PM
On behalf of the City of Whittlesea the Mayor recognised the rich Aboriginal heritage of this country and acknowledged the Wurundjeri Willam Clan as the Traditional Owners of this place.
Ricky Kirkham Mayor (North Ward)
John Butler Councillor (North Ward)
Emilia Lisa Sterjova Councillor (North Ward)
Sam Alessi Councillor (South East Ward)
Lawrie Cox Councillor (South West Ward)
Stevan Kozmevski Councillor (South West Ward)
Mr Michael Wootten Chief Executive Officer
Mr Steve O'Brien Director Planning and Major Projects
Mr Russell Hopkins Director Community Services
Mr Nick Mann Director City Transport & Presentation
Ms Helen Sui Director Corporate Services
Ms Liana Thompson Director Partnerships & Engagement
Mr Michael Tonta Manager Governance
An apology was received on behalf of Cr Desiato, Cr Kelly, Cr Lalios, Cr Monteleone and Cr Pavlidis who requested that leave be granted for this meeting.
Moved: Cr Kozmevski
Seconded: Cr Butler
3. Declarations of Interest
4. Officers’ Reports
File No: .
Attachments: 1 Councillor Code of Conduct 2017 ⇨
Responsible Officer: Director Corporate Services
Author: Team Leader Governance
It is a legislated requirement that Council amend and adopt the Councillor Code of Conduct (‘the Code’) by 22 February 2017 at a Special Council meeting held specifically to consider the amended Code.
The Code specifies the agreed standard of Councillor behaviour required for the ethical and professional performance of Councillors duties under Section 76C of the Local Government Act 1989. (Refer to Attachment 1).
The Code was review last year to reflect amendments contained in the Local Government Amendment (Improved Governance) Act 2015 and was adopted by Council at the Special Council meeting on 14 June 2016.
The Code has been reviewed based on feedback received from Councillors and the only substantive changes relate to clause 16 where the words ‘appropriately qualified’ have been added in the 3rd last paragraph on page 13, which refers to the appointment of a mediator, and additional wording has been added to the last dot point on page 15 under ‘Role of the Arbiter’ to clarify the role of the arbiter and principal conduct officer when conducting investigations.
In addition, a number of minor drafting amendments were also made to ensure consistency in the wording.
Councillors have been consulted have provided feedback on the amended Code.
Council must review and adopt the Code by 22 February 2017, being within four months after a general election.
The revised Code must be adopted at a Special Council Meeting called solely for the purpose of reviewing and adopting the Code.
Any costs associated with reviewing the Code have been met within existing budgets.
Policy strategy and legislation
Councillors are required to make a declaration that they will abide by the amended Code in the presence of the Chief Executive Officer within one month of the Code being adopted.
A Councillor who does not make the declaration risks disqualification from acting as a Councillor.
Links to the CoUNCIL Plan
FUTURE DIRECTION Good Governance
Theme Continuous improvements
Strategic Objective Council adopts best practice models of operation
The Code will promote good governance of the Council by specifying agreed standards of Councillor behaviour required for the ethical and professional performance of Councillors duties.
Declarations of Conflicts of Interest
Under section 80C of the Local Government Act 1989 officers providing advice to Council must disclose any interests, including the type of interest.
The Responsible Officer reviewing this report, having made enquiries with relevant members of staff, reports that no disclosable interests have been raised in relation to this report.
The Code promotes good governance by setting out the standards of conduct expected of Councillors. It also endeavours to foster good working relations between Councillors to enable them to work constructively together in the best interests of the local community.
THAT Council note that the Councillor Code of Conduct has been reviewed and resolve to adopt the amended Code as contained in Attachment 1.
Moved: Cr Butler
Seconded: Cr Kozmevski
THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS THE MAYOR DECLARED THE MEETING CLOSED AT 6.20PM.
CONFIRMED THIS 28th DAY OF FEBRUARY 2017.
CR RICKY KIRKHAM