Cr Goodfellow ‘on leave’

Cr Glenn Goodfellow

Wyndham councillor Glenn Goodfellow has taken “leave of absence” from the next two council meetings after he was found to have breached both the Local Government Act and the councillor code of conduct.

The council held a confidential special meeting late last year, despite Cr Goodfellow moving for the meeting to be made public. The motion was defeated.

Mayor Adele Hegedich said in a statement that Cr Goodfellow would take a “leave of absence” for two council meetings starting this month.

He would still be able to perform other council duties.

“At the special meeting, council considered a report from an independent external investigator concerning a … complaint against Cr Goodfellow,” Cr Hegedich said.

“Council accepted the findings of the investigator that Cr Goodfellow had breached a section of the Local Government Act that requires him to treat all persons with respect.

“Council also accepted that Cr Goodfellow breached a section of the councillor code of conduct which requires him to adopt a positive attitude to teamwork, even when disagreeing with views or decisions.”

Cr Goodfellow told Star Weekly he would not stand in this year’s council election and was unsure whether he would see out the current term.