Mr Hazelman’s decision to contest a seventh Greater Shepparton City Council election has been heavily influenced by what he says are the ‘‘inappropriate’’ processes behind the most recent council spending more than $465000 on two investigations.
He says in future the council should enlist independent intervention from Local Government Victoria to ensure similar costs are not incurred again and to assist it in developing protocols and policies.
Cr Hazelman said the development of policies and protocols at a local level would outline better practices for how matters were dealt with.
‘‘The expenditure of close on half a million dollars on two investigations for minimal result is just an outrageous waste of ratepayers’ money,’’ he said.
Mr Hazelman says the new Shepparton Art Museum is among the city’s ‘‘once-in-a-generation economic development projects’’ that will offer opportunities for a more collaborative relationship between councillors and senior staff.
He was appointed to council in July 2015 in a countback following Michael Polan’s resignation.