LIFTING the lid on secrecy in Warrnambool City Council almost cost Cr Peter Hulin his seat twice, but he’s still determined to campaign for more open debates.
He blames the perception of secrecy for deterring some potential candidates from running in the council elections.
After he drew number six on the ballot sheet of 12 candidates when nominations closed, Cr Hulin described the small field as “a sad state of affairs”. “With all the secrecy it’s no wonder,” he told The Standard. “People don’t know what’s going on.
“Cr Lowe and I have been calling for live streaming of council meetings.
“If people were able to see council operating they could say ‘I can do that — I can do a better job’.”
Cr Hulin was reprimanded twice for disclosing tender details of the harbour pavilion project and taping a closed meeting discussing the failed Allansford industrial land project.