"No thanks": Matthew Stadtmiller refuses to apologise to Hilltops Council

Hilltops councillor Matthew Stadtmiller has again refused to apologise to the council.
Hilltops councillor Matthew Stadtmiller has again refused to apologise to the council.

"No thanks": That was the response of Hilltops councillor Matthew Stadtmiller when he was called on to apologise at the June meeting of council last week.

As a result, Hilltops Council is referring Cr Stadtmiller to the office of Local Government.

Councillors Matthew Stadtmiller and John Walker were referred to the Office after failing to give a public apology after what council determined in March this year was a breach of Section 440G of the Local Government Act which involves misconduct.

According to a report tabled at the May meeting, a continuation of Cr Stadtmiller's actions "will bring him into conflict with the provisions of the Code, Local Government Act 1993, and other relevant instruments, including but not limited to the ICAC Act 1988".

Councillors also voted unanimously for Cr Stadtmiller to receive counselling at the June meeting. Council made its decision public "due to the serious nature of these breaches".

Councillor Walker was also formally censured and called on to issue a public apology at the May meeting.

He was censured "for the harm his dissemination of information and adverse comments on the actions or inactions of other Councillors and employees may have caused to those groups and the Council as a whole".

It was also recommended in May Councillor Walker be counselled.

Council also voted to develop a social media policy and records management policy as soon as practicable.