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‘Secrets’ heading to Supreme Court COVER-UP? Councillor Heather Wellington is fighting her own council to expose “secret” planning documents. 193865 Picture: REBECCA HOSKING
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By Natalee Kerr A councillor’s fight for “secret” shire documents could go all the way to the Supreme Court, she said yesterday. Heather Wellington raised the court option after a Local Government Inspectorate cleared her of wrongdoing for seeking the Surf Coast Shire docu-
ments through Freedom of Information (FoI). Cr Wellington said the Victorian Information Commissioner had since ruled she could have one of the documents but the shire was “refusing to comply”. The shire argued it did not have to release the documents because the commissioner’s decision had taken too long under the FoI act, she said.
“The shire is refusing to release the document to me on the basis of a technical legal point. “I have received preliminary advice from a Queen’s Counsel that the shire’s technical legal point is highly dubious and the only avenue to test it is to apply to the Supreme Court.” Continued page 5
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‘Bizarre’ fight for shire docs