Councillors Richard Forster, Rohan Leppert and Stephen Mayne have already reneged on their commitment to Open and Transparent Government
“Doing nothing is not an option“.- Richard Foster “Our Melbourne”
@Richo_Foster That is until he was elected. Policy and commitment for Open and transparency out the window.
Within less than 2 months of being elected
@Richo_Foster continued practice of secret meetings behind closed doors locking out the public .
Greens’ Rohan Leppert “there were issues of transparency that needed to be addressed“. Leppert, like that of his predecessor Greens Councillor Fraser Bindley before him, also supported closed meetings subverting s89 LGA
On November 27 The City Council held a “Decision by Proxy” Councillor Forum meeting locking out the public and community. No reports and no minutes, No accountability. No Transparency. Policy on the run hidden from public view.
- Open and transparent systems permit everyone to make informed choices, and give everyone access to information in an easily understood format
Accountability is acting responsibly and being answerable for actions taken
A lack of openness, transparency and insufficient accountability creates the conditions in which corruption flourishes
The Internet is the ideal medium for cost effective delivery of information maintaining open and transparent government (eGovernance)
Section 89 Victorian Local Government Act 1989
89. Meetings to be open to the public
(1) Unless subsection (2) applies, any meeting of a Council or a special
committee must be open to members of the public.
(2) A Council or special committee may resolve that the meeting be closed to
members of the public if the meeting is discussing any of the following-
(a) personnel matters;
(b) the personal hardship of any resident or ratepayer;
(c) industrial matters;
(d) contractual matters;
(e) proposed developments;
(f) legal advice;
(g) matters affecting the security of Council property;
(h) any other matter which the Council or special committee considers
would prejudice the Council or any person;
(i) a resolution to close the meeting to members of the public.
(3) If a Council or special committee resolves to close a meeting to members
of the public the reason must be recorded in the minutes of the meeting.
(4) Unless subsection (4A) applies, a Council must at least 7 days before the
(a) an ordinary council meeting; or
(b) a special council meeting; or
(c) a meeting of a special committee comprised solely of Councillors-
give public notice of the meeting.
(4A) If urgent or extraordinary circumstances prevent a Council from complying
with subsection (4), the Council must-
(a) give such public notice as is practicable; and
(b) specify the urgent or extraordinary circumstances which prevented the
Council from complying with subsection (4) in the minutes.
(5) The Chairperson of a special committee that is not comprised solely of
Councillors must provide reasonable notice to the public of meetings of the