Final piece of councillor integrity framework in place
IPSWICH City Council has the "most contemporary and comprehensive" councillor guidance and integrity package in the state, according to its outgoing interim administrator.
The final piece of the puzzle is in place ahead of the return of elected representation in four months' time, finishing 16-months of work by Greg Chemello and his team.
But he warned it will be up to the new mayor and councillors to maintain the high standards required of them in their roles.
The council has adopted two policies concerning conduct at meetings, as well as a minor amendment to the Meeting Procedures Policy.
Mr Chemello said it completed the policy and structural reform work to ensure "appropriate councillor conduct and integrity" when the new council team is in place next year.
"Ipswich City Council now has the most contemporary and comprehensive councillor governance and integrity package in Queensland," he said.
"It will be up the newly elected mayor and councillors next year to live up to the reasonable and genuine wishes of the Ipswich communities to govern this city effectively, fairly and transparently.
"This councillor governance and integrity package is the platform they need to succeed. I wish them well."
During meetings, future councillors must refrain from responding to calls or texts, not interrupt other councillors who are speaking unless it is a point of order, only make 'relevant comments' during discussions and must remain seated and silent when votes are taken.
If a councillor's conduct is out of line, they can apologise and withdraw the comments or be reprimanded and forced to leave the meeting.
The matter can be referred to the Local Government Independent Assessor for investigation.
A public participation session will be held during every monthly council meeting in an effort to increase transparency and community engagement.
"We also identified that public participation at council's ordinary meetings would also be valuable for residents and ratepayers to provide an avenue to present views and issues of a strategic nature, directly to councillors, in a public forum," Mr Chemello said.