By Claire Ottaviano
A MOTION for a workplace culture review for councillors at the City of Swan passed unanimously and without discussion on Wednesday night.
The motion by Cr Claire Scanlan requested staff initiate a review and prepare a report on its scope including costs and a budget amendment.
While councillors are elected by the public and not employed by the City, Cr Scanlan said the Council environment was like a workplace and should be a safe and healthy environment.
“We are not staff but this is our workplace, and there should be an expectation and delivery of good behaviour from all of us,” she said.
She told Echo News the chief executive had advised the report would be given utmost importance and prepared as soon as possible, ideally before Local Government Elections in October.
Cr Scanlan is not intending to renominate for her position at the election.
“I really worry about the councillors, male and female, but particularly new female councillors coming in,” she said.
“It’s really important to me that they know they matter.
“We need to show we will not tolerate this behaviour from anyone on Council or coming into the chamber.”
The Midland/Guildford ward councillor has spoken out publicy about her experiences on Council, disappointment in local government and inequalities between men and women in the government sector.
“As a new councillor I approached Council Support, but they very gently told me they don’t offer support of that kind,” she said.
“We are not protected by Occupational Health and Safety Law, Worksafe or fairwork, and we have no HR.”
The Council code of conduct says councillors, committee members and candidates should treat others with respect, courtesy and fairness.
“We are all entitled to a safe workplace, as are all the new councillors stepping into these chambers next month,” Cr Scanlan said.