Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman says she was shocked to discover her name was on a list of more than 100 Victorian councillors who could be disqualified for failure to comply with code of conduct requirements.
The City of Greater Bendigo councillor said no one from the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate or the local government minister’s office had contacted her.
Instead she claimed to have learnt about the potential disqualified last night.
“I've had no emails from anyone, I've had no phone calls from anyone, the first I knew of it was last night,” Cr Chapman said.
“I knew absolutely nothing about it.
“I just started getting text messages and I thought, ‘what? I don't know what anyone is talking about.’
“Finally one of my friends called and said ‘what’s going on?’ and I said, ‘I don't know what you’re talking about, I'm all right, I haven't had any accidents, what’s wrong with you?’”
However Cr Chapman said she was confident the matter would be resolved.
The Lockwood Ward councillor said she contacted the Victorian Local Governance Association last night.
“They said, don't panic it will all be sorted out in a week,” Cr Chapman said.
The councillor said she was unaware why she was the only City of Greater Bendigo councillor on the list of 107 councillors Chief Municipal Inspector David Wolf has said could be disqualified by September 1.
“I haven’t seen any report, so I wouldn’t know, I don’t even think anyone knows the truth to be honest,” she said.
“Until I see the report I wouldn't have a clue...but I certainly am not disqualified and the VLGA said I'm not disqualified.”