Rayner ordered to apologise

SHIRE President Brian Rayner has been ordered to publicly apologise to the Toodyay Progress Association (TPA) for breaching WA local government rules of conduct.

The order relates to the shire’s April 2018 Toodyay Community Newsletter which led Shire Deputy President Therese Chitty to determine that President Rayner and Shire CEO Stan Scott both breached the Shire Code of Conduct by publishing “derogatory and improper” statements about the TPA.

At a council meeting two weeks after the newsletter was published, TPA Chair Larry Graham asked President Rayner for details about Mr Scott’s claim of an “unprincipled campaign by The Herald and the TPA” in which “people are bullied and harassed for having a different point of view”.

President Rayner responded by claiming former Herald columnist Geoffrey Appleby had “published that he was out to get the CEO in his position as Secretary of the TPA”.

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