Mid-western councillor reprimanded for facebook code of conduct breach
The Office of Local Government (OLG) has warned councillors to be cautious in their use of social media following a decision by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) that allegations posted on Facebook by a Mid-Western Regional councillor constituted a breach of the council’s Code of Conduct.
The tribunal decided to formally reprimand Councillor Peter Shelley for making allegations of corruption and conflicts of interest at a council meeting and republishing them on a Facebook page he administered.
NCAT Principal Member Titterton found that Clr Shelley’s conduct breached the council’s Code of Conduct and therefore the Local Government Act. Read more...