Orange Councillor to call for overhaul of complaints system

Orange Councillor to call for overhaul of complaints system

An Orange City Councillor says the process for code of conduct complaints needs an overhaul, after a new report shows council recorded the third highest costs for complaints in the state.

The report from the NSW Office of Local Government shows Orange has spent over $52,000 on code of conduct complaints in the last year.

Councillor Glen Taylor says this report presents council in a poor light and shows that thousands of dollars have been unnecessarily spent on what he believes to be minor infringements.

“Ratepayers should be outraged and rightly so,” Councillor Taylor told the ABC.

“I mean there’s fault on both sides here.”

“I mean it’s about people having the integrity to stand up and say sorry when there’s an indiscretion that’s occurred and apologise unreservedly.”

“I very much doubt if it was individual’s money that they would pursue legal costs to that degree.”

Cr Taylor will move a notice of motion at the council meeting tonight asking for information on complaints and costs across the current council term.

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