CEO to investigate bullying allegations


BULLYING allegations made by South Gippsland Shire councillor Meg Edwards against at least one councillor will be formally investigated by council CEO Tim Tamlin.

Mayor Cr Ray Argento last Thursday asked the CEO to conduct the probe into the claims.

“We take this matter very seriously,” Cr Argento said.

The mayor’s decision follows a meeting of councillors last Wednesday to discuss the allegations. Cr Alyson Skinner was absent due to being on holidays.

Cr Argento said he invited Cr Edwards to discuss her allegations further with him but he said she had declined after initially agreeing to do so.
“Many of the councillors are surprised and are still unsure of where the allegations arise from,” the mayor said.

“If there are issues we need to address, then we will address them.”

One councillor has lodged a Code of Conduct complaint against another councillor.

Cr Edwards said she had been physically threatened for not supporting a colleague and had been harassed on social media by a councillor. On Friday, she said the matter of physical threat had been resolved after speaking “to the person concerned”.

The claims prompted Mr Tamlin to last Tuesday, July 4, issue guidelines to councillors about how they should behave towards each other.

“It was for their own benefit,” the CEO said of the guidelines.

“I did that to make sure the councillors are aware of their roles and responsibilities as councillors and to make sure to show each other respect.

“My role is to make sure we have got a safe workplace so I just wanted to make sure the councillors know about treating each other with respect.”

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