Rules breach for shire’s good: Boyle

Shire of York President Tony Boyle.
Shire of York President Tony Boyle.

Mr Boyle was this month issued with a notice of public censure after he made an announcement directed at a member of the public during a council meeting on September 17 of last year.

The censure was printed in a local newspaper and The West Australian.

In an open letter to York residents, Mr Boyle said he took the action last year to protect the community from the extraordinary use of shire resources by having to continually respond to ‘an individual whose actions included over 1000 emails and items of correspondence,’ he said.

Mr Boyle said he was democratically elected as a councillor and decided ‘enough was enough’ when he took action that resulted in him being censured.

‘I accept that what I did was technically a breach of the local government provisions, however the intent was always to protect the community from unnecessary expense and to provide good governance for the community as a whole,’ Mr Boyle said in his letter.

‘I have nominated for a further term as a councillor as I want to be part of the future development of York as a great place to live, work and play and request your support to elect a governance team acting for the community as a whole.’

The local government standards panel made a finding that Mr Boyle breached clause 8.4(2) of the shire’s standing orders local law by using offensive or objectionable expressions in reference to the complainant.

It also found he made improper use of his office as councillor to cause detriment to the complainant.