Letter sparks probe
IT seems there is a mole in Ballina Shire Council and an investigation has been launched to find them.
A letter written by council-watcher Vince Kelly, of East Ballina, was published by an online media outlet on March 13 and in it Mr Kelly quoted figures about a land swap between the council and Fire and Rescue NSW.
But the figures were presented at a confidential session of council's commercial services committee.
The council's general manager, Paul Hickey, has confirmed the publication of the confidential figures had led to the launch of an investigation about where Mr Kelly got his information from, and a possible breach of the Code of Conduct which applies to staff and councillors to do with releasing confidential material.
He said the investigation was only "very preliminary" at this stage.
"Fire and Rescue had asked council that we not release any information in respect to this matter as negotiations with council and the State Government are still continuing," he said.
"I wish to emphasise that at this point there is no evidence of any breach of our policies or procedures by a councillor or staff."