Pendlebury Report Released to Public
Posted on: 11.12.2018
Following its release to Councillors, staff and union delegates, Wollondilly Shire Council has today released a redacted summary of the Pendlebury Report to the public.
Last week, two Extraordinary Council meetings were held to discuss the report, with Councillors given access to an appropriately redacted version of the full report.
Identifying names and descriptions were blacked out to protect people’s privacy and confidentiality, as far as reasonably possible, by an independent solicitor who had not been involved in the investigation and reporting processes.
At their meeting on Thursday night, Councillors resolved to support the finding that there is insufficient evidence to substantiate any allegation of an endemic or prevalent culture of bullying at the Council.
Representatives of the three unions were previously given access to a redacted version of the Pendlebury Report’s Findings and Recommendations.
In presenting the redacted summary to staff, Acting CEO Michael Malone thanked everyone who had contributed their thoughts, experiences and information to Brooke Pendlebury as part of the investigation process.
“Your contributions have made it possible for Brooke to provide us with a thorough and meaningful report,” he said.
Regarding the original investigation into a complaint by employee David Wilson, the Pendlebury Report found that this complaint was managed appropriately and that the finding of unsubstantiated was valid. A full and un-redacted copy of the report is being handed to the NSW coroner to assist in their assessment.
Mr Malone reinforced CEO Luke Johnson’s earlier statement that the organisation does not support or condone bullying, intimidation or harassment; however, he acknowledged that this doesn’t mean there won’t occasionally be a person who tries to bully, harass or intimidate someone or even occasionally get angry.
Mr Malone told staff, “We all have a role in growing and maintaining a positive workplace for our benefit and for the community.”
He also noted, “We will be developing an action plan, in consultation with staff, for implementing the recommendations in the Report.”
A further report outlining the response to the recommendations will be presented to Council by March 2019. The redacted summary is available for viewing by the public on Council’s website.