City of Canning toughens up conduct rules for councillors

City of Canning toughens up conduct rules for councillors

CANNING City strengthened its code of conduct reinforcing a commitment by councillors to engage in all information forums the City organises.

Councillor Patrick Hall, who advocated for a number of code amendments, said considering that Canning Council has been sacked in the past good governance, accountability and the code were of importance to the community.

“The council has had a troubled and forgettable history,” Cr Hall said. “Some key changes to the Code of Conduct have occurred and I know that the community will be pleased to hear about them.”

At last month’s ordinary council meeting councillors voted on a number of amendments to the code including the introduction of a new clause and a replacement clause 15.

Clause 16 provides: “We will make every endeavour to attend such information |forums as the City organises, to share information with Elected Members.

“These are in addition to Ordinary and Special Council Meetings and may include Standing or Formal Committees, Strategic Issues Briefings, Agenda Briefings, or other such meetings. In the event that an Elected Member is unable to attend such an occasion, the Elected Member has a responsibility to make every endeavour to access information provided, or meet the Chief Executive Officer or other appropriate Director to receive a briefing.”

Clause 15 was replaced providing better clarity regarding political activities and provides: “We, Elected Members, will not engage in political activities which could cast doubt on our neutrality and impartiality when acting in our official capacity.”

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