Bullying complaints issue against Wanneroo Mayor not over yet

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Bullying complaints against Mayor Tracey Roberts were dismissed last night but revocation motions will be presented at the next Wanneroo council meeting. Picture: Anita McInnes

BULLYING complaints against Mayor Tracey Roberts were dismissed last night but revocation motions will be presented at the next Wanneroo council meeting.

The complaints about Mrs Roberts, who is Labor’s candidate to take on Pearce MHR Christian Porter in the federal election, were made by councillors Hugh Nguyen and Vinh Nguyen over alleged conduct at a behind a closed doors council meeting during the Budget deliberation process.

On June 29 at a special council meeting – open to the general public – the two South ward councillors unsuccessfully argued against the city’s 1 per cent rate increase.

After the meeting last night Mrs Roberts said she was definitely not a bully.

In a statement today a City of Wanneroo spokeswoman said the city treated complaints seriously to maintain the highest standards of governance.

“Council’s robust complaints handling model ensures a thorough, fair and equitable process for all,’’ she said.

“As part of standard procedure, the city engages an independent administrator to administer and assess complaints.

“The independent administrator’s assessment of the recent complaints is now complete. “Both complaints have been dismissed but are subject to revocation motions, which will be presented to the next council meeting.’’

Yanchep News Online understands nine of the 15 council members voted for dismissal of the bullying complaints with six voting against.

A Department of Local Government guide to council meetings says a motion to revoke or change a previous council decision must (first stage) be supported and be signed by at least one-third of the number of council members inclusive of the mover.

If the required support for the motion is obtained and recorded the second stage involves the formal consideration of the motion after it is seconded and the decision whether or not to revoke or change the earlier decision.

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