State says shire still on notice over concerns
THE STATE Government is continuing to monitor the operations and affairs of the Shire of Toodyay and has kept it on notice that the shire risks possible “further action” despite public claims to the contrary by Shire CEO Stan Scott.Read more
A WA Local Government Department spokesperson in Perth said the Shire of Toodyay was continuing to “work cooperatively with the department to improve some of their governance processes and procedures”.
“As this process is ongoing, it would not be appropriate to comment further,” the spokesperson said.
The department did not dispute last month’s Herald Page 1 story that the shire had been put on notice of an inquiry risk.
Nor did it support Mr Scott’s claims in a letter to the Herald last month that the department was “horrified” by the headline and that the report was the “almost complete opposite” of the thrust of a letter written by the department’s Governance Manager, Ron Murphy, in January.
Though Mr Murphy declined to respond to several Herald phone calls, he met two representatives from the Toodyay Progress Association in Perth last month and reportedly confirmed that the news story was accurate, and that the shire continued to be on notice of possible further action.
Mr Scott claimed earlier that the story was a “deliberate inaccuracy” and, in his view, breached Australian Press Council principles and the Journalists’ Code of Ethics.
In a letter to The Editor, Mr Scott said: “I would have thought that as a former WA Branch Secretary of the MEAA (Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, which includes the Journalists’ Association), you would be a champion for these standards.”
In last month’s shire newsletter, Mr Scott wrote under the heading “Toodyay Herald – March 2018 Front Page Error” that the Herald headline “and indeed most of the article is just plain wrong, and is in fact the opposite of the truth”.
The Herald stands by its report and declines Mr Scott’s request to “withdraw the article in its entirety and publish a correction”.