Bell refuses to apologise for Facebook posts

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

A SERIES of Facebook posts by Cr Ben Bell criticising Toodyay Shire CEO Stan Scott over the past year has prompted a legal battle in Perth over whether Cr Bell should be required to apologise.

Cr Bell refused Shire President Brian Rayner’s call at last month’s council meeting to stand and apologise to Mr Scott across the chamber for criticising him on social media about a number of issues, including rate rises, legal costs and the shire budget.

Above: Part of a Facebook post by Cr Ben Bell on May 18 last year, the same date as a post that resulted in one of six WA Local Governnent Standards Panel rulings that Cr Bell is appealing against.