Warrnambool City Council has unveiled a raft of new policies covering fraud, corruption and gifts - and councillors want to hear what residents think before the new proposals are given the tick of approval.
The new draft policies are part of the state government's changes to the Local Government Act which will come into effect in September and aim to prevent, deter, detect and investigate fraud and corruption.
Cr Kylie Gaston said it was important the policies were reviewed.
She said the policies were important because "as we learnt last year, bad behaviour can happen".
"Good robust policies help uncover issues and bring them to light," she said.
She said the new act mandated corporate induction and fraud awareness training for all employees.
"I'm sure there's aspects of this that the community will actually be interested in to understand such as our expenses policy," Cr Gaston said.
She also highlighted a new policy of mandatory training for candidates running for council.
"It will be good to look at these policies through the lens of the community," she said.
Cr Mike Neoh said the policies were "really important" as was the role of the audit committee.
"I look forward to the community having their say."
Cr Peter Sycopoulis said considering the events of the past couple of years, he imagined there'd be quite a few people interested in reading the policies.
He said considering the criticism that's been directed at council he suggested that many people should read it and provide feedback. He also said that anyone thinking of running for council should read it.
Mayor Tony Herbert said they were incredibly important policies and an issue that had generated a lot of community interest over the last 12 months.
"I look forward to them going out, obviously, as best we can show we are as open and transparent as possible and I look forward to the public comment on how they can potentially be improved further," he said.
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