Code of conduct unrealistic: councillor
SOUTHERN Downs councillor Jamie Mackenzie has requested the councillors code of conduct, adopted during last month's general meeting, be rescinded or amended on the grounds of it being unrealistic.
"The rules are wrong," Cr Mackenzie said.
"I break them almost every day practising common courtesy to council staff in a small community. Instead of being discussed in detail at a briefing session, this matter was buried in an agenda last month to be rubber-stamped, it seems."
Cr Mackenzie said the adopted policy gave councillors access to only the CEO and four senior executives.
"The policy does not reflect the recent changes to senior executive positions following the recent restructure of staff," he said.
Cr Mackenzie said under the policy, councillors could not contact nor seek information or advice from any council employee, contractor or consultant.
"Councillors' spouses, children and neighbours actually have more democratic rights as a result of the policy as it is written, whether we are saying hello to a roadside worker, getting the computer fixed, making a telephone call to the council office, or asking a question at the library," he said.
"As a result councillors bear a real risk of breaking the rules."