Borough councillor calls for state monitors

June 27, 2023 10:45 am in by
Donnie Grigau

Borough of Queenscliff councillor Donni Grigau is calling for the appointment of monitors to oversee and investigate his council.

He’s accused colleagues of failing to comply with “with our own policies” and provided a long list of grievances about council he says have been compiled by Queenscliff residents.

“It is imperative that we act to address the serious and wide-ranging concerns presented to council by ratepayers,” Cr Grigau’s no confidence motion says.

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The matter will go before council at its Wednesday night meeting under a vote of no confidence.

Alongside the recommendation urging the Borough to ask the Minister for Local Government to review council and appoint monitors, the motion states that measures should be taken to ensure the “well-being of elected representatives in their workplace.”

There’s also a request for the provision of “in camera” interviews with individual councillors.

Among the 30-point-long list of individual complaints with council behaviour is a “a statement made by Cr Grout during the May council meeting alluding to difficulties faced by councillors.”

“Feelings of manipulation, toxicity, and thoughts of resignation,” it states.

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The recent installation of EV chargers in the front of the Town Hall is also mentioned for its “failure to recognise the heritage precinct values”.

A plan to introduce a Borough wide speed limit of 30km/h; management of Victoria Park; a contentious review of dog laws and management of the regions coastline and infrastructure similarly attracted critical mention.

Image: Cr Donnie Grigau wants the state government to appoint monitors to oversee and investigate the Borough of Queenscliffe.