Councillor phone records 'never requested' by DILGP
AN embarrassing blunder by the Fraser Coast Regional Council has seen the Director General's office step in to correct the record.
Acting Director-General Kathy Parton has sent a letter to council's chief executive officer Lisa Desmond asking her to correct "incorrect information” relating to the monitoring of the councillors' phone records and data usage.
In a council report, released to the public on December 6, stated "the Director Organisational Services confirmed that this information was requested to assist the Department in its investigation.”
But the department disputes this assessment.
"I have confirmed that at no stage did the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, the department's advisors or any of the external investigators engaged by the department request these records,” Acting Director-General Parton outlined in her letter.
"I request that council corrects the incorrect information that has been publicly released regarding this matter.”
The Chronicle revealed on Wednesday that councillors were not informed of the access to their phone records.
Councillor Stuart Taylor said the question remains "for what purpose the access was provided.”
Fellow councillor David Lewis said the inconsistency between the statements "is a further matter that needs to be investigated.”
Ms Desmond confirmed the department did not request or require the access to the phone records, and was seeking clarification.
"The Director Organisational Services requested access to this information and advised me that the purpose for access was to 'assist' the Department in its investigation,” she said.
"I am seeking clarification from the Department as to whether these phone records were provided as part of that process.”