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Statement from the Mayor Cr Tony Herbert

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 16 April 2020

A statement from Mayor Cr Tony Herbert

Warrnambool Police have issued me with a fine for failing to comply with the stay-at-home directions in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
The police explained in detail their decision to impose the fine.
I made mistakes on the night of April 7 and I wish to apologise for them.
I had believed my actions to engage with business owners as part of my mayoral role, was within the bounds of the law
However, I realise that I had inadvertently breached the new laws to keep the community safe.
I am genuinely sorry for my actions. 
Serving Warrnambool as Mayor is an enormous privilege and it is a role to which I am totally dedicated. 
Warrnambool has been good to me and I want to continue to give back. I look forward to contributing to the community as Mayor.
I have appreciated the messages of support from fellow councillors, the community and business owners at this time which has further strengthened my resolve to do a better job.

Cr Tony Herbert
Warrnambool City Council

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