Facebook post lands Colac Otway leader in hot water

Colac Otway Shire’s mayor has apologised for sharing and liking a social media post which attacked his fellow councillors, just hours after his election to the council’s top job.

The November 6 post by a Colac district teenager, which included a video discrediting six councillors and positive comments about Cr Joe McCracken, had an offensive drawing and scribble obscuring photographs of six councillors, leaving just Cr McCracken’s face visible and the words “Colac’s Mayor? Vote4Joe”.

New mayor Cr McCracken liked and shared the post on November 8, about three hours after the mayoral election, commenting that the teenager behind the post had “made all the difference”.

But Cr McCracken has backtracked from the post.

“I have always said that if I make a mistake I own up to it, and on this occasion I have made a mistake,” he said.

“I unreservedly apologise to all the parties affected by my actions.”

Council chief Robert Dobrzynski said the council would take action against councillors who breached the code of conduct and a process had started in the wake of the Colac Herald’s inquiry into derogatory social media posts made by Cr McCracken and other councillors.

A “disgusted ratepayer” contacted the Herald last week about the mayor’s social media demonstration of the “disrespect and disregard for the other hard-working members of the council who have the community’s best interests at heart”.

But readers have contacted the Herald raising concerns about other councillor posts and comments which could also potentially breach the councillor code of conduct.

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

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