Councillor to fight breach finding

TWEED Greens party Councillor Katie Milne says she will take a finding that she breached the council’s code of conduct to the NSW Ombudsman for review.

Cr Milne has rejected a censure motion against her by other councillors after a review panel found she had breached the code for receiving and failing to surrender money sent to a council post office box as part of public fundraising to pay the costs of her failed court case against last year’s Repco Australia Rally.

She has also rejected claims that she breached rules by staying in the council chamber and voting on her own censure motion.

Cr Milne said council staff had clarified that her actions “in relation to the No Rally Fundraising would not constitute a sacking offence”.

“The acceptance by councillors of the conduct reviewers’ censure motion of me for No Rally fundraising and the heavy penalty imposed I believe is very unjust,” she said.

“No questions have ever even been raised about the ethics of community fundraising for Federal or State politicians, eg Bob Brown or Ian Cohen, so how can my actions be labelled so outrageously bad?

“My actions were as a private citizen on a public interest campaign and nothing to do with council.”

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