One of the city's most well-known former mayors has joined the chorus of support for the release of a report into Dubbo Regional Council's handling of code of conduct complaints.
In May, councillors unanimously agreed to hire independent company Pinnacle Integrity to investigate the way council had been handling its code of conduct complaints.
The report has been completed, but legal advice to council was that the full report not be made public.
Mathew Dickerson told the Daily Liberal he believed there was strong community interest in the contents of the report.
"What you expect to see from any level of government in our community - we live in a wonderful democracy and we do expect transparency," Mr Dickerson said.
A redacted version of the report has been created and is currently with the Office of Local Government for approval for its release.
The community is still waiting to hear if approval will be granted.
"If there are allegations that are being investigated and we as a community have paid for those to be investigated, than it would seem fair and reasonable that we get to see the report being produced as a result of those," Mr Dickerson said.
"To then not allow people to see that seems like it was almost a pointless exercise in the first place to go through and get the report."
He said it made sense to produce a version with redactions, if the full version had underlying allegations being investigated separately.
The current Dubbo mayor Stephen Lawrence has called for a public inquiry into council's code of conduct complaints handling, which has been backed by Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders.
But Mr Dickerson doesn't believe the Independent Commission Against Corruption would get involved.
"I just don't believe that ICAC have the resources to get down to the level that we're talking about and investigate what's occurred here," he said.
"The Office of Local Government is the one who essentially creates the code of conduct policy for councils to adhere to.
"If council can't release it because their legal advice says they can't, then surely the state government through the Office of Local Government...you would think they would be able to release that information to the community."
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