New codes of conduct for new shire

December 27, 2017

A MODEL Code of Conduct for all NSW councils is expected to improve ethical standards, more effectively deter non-compliance and lead to improved transparency and accountability.

Murray River Council was expected to make a submission to the draft document recently.

At the ordinary council meeting last week, deputy mayor Gen Campbell said with the number of code of conducts in the old Murray Shire, the new council should be making a submission.

Acting general manager Des Bilske said each individual councillor could make a submission.

‘‘My suggestion would be each individual councillor has the opportunity to make a submission if they so desire ... but it would be a benefit to have a council position as well,’’ he said.

Mr Bilske said there were some minor changes from the previous code of conduct.

‘‘There’s an introduction of the three strike law,’’ he said.

Under the new code of conduct, breaches of obligations by councillors will be treated as misconduct under the Act and will be subject to the ‘three strike’ misconduct rule.

Once finalised councils will be given a six month transition period to adopt the new code and to update systems to align with the new requirements.

Submissions had to be made before Monday, December 4.

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