A Wagga councillors will propose a debate on whether or not council should call for property developers to be barred from running in local government elections.
On the agenda for Monday's council meeting is a report put forward by Cr Tim Koschel in which he calls for council to take a stance on the topic, which was put before the NSW government earlier this year.
Cr Koschel said he has "always believed" developers should not be allowed to run for council due to conflicts of interest and potential advantages they get over other developers.
"Even though we declare conflicts of interest and leave the room, we still get all the background information," he said.
"This just creates a clean line across the floor and if we remove developers and any close associates it makes us a true, independent council."
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In his report, Cr Koschel recommends council "take a stance" that developers shouldn't stand as councillors and share this directly with the community and relevant NSW ministers.
Cr Kerry Pascoe owns a construction company, but said he hasn't gained any advantage from his position as a councillor over the past 17 years.
"I've always declared a conflict of interest where I've needed to and I've taken no part in the discussions surrounding any of my developments," Cr Pascoe said.
"In my view I bring a lot of knowledge that a lot of the other councillors don't have, and I don't think I've ever gotten an advantage from my role."
This view was shared by Cr Rod Kendall, who said a ban was unnecessary and would cause serious disruptions.
"The present exclusions and the code of conduct council abides by I think is more than sufficient to ensure the correct behaviour of elected officials," he said.
"I believe it would cause significant disruption to council to do that and it would cut out representation from a pretty important part of the community."
Cr Dan Hayes agreed there is an "inherent conflict of interest" with property developers being on council and suggested he would likely support the report.
However, he said the decision is in the hands of the state government and he wasn't sure what impact the report would have.
"There is an inherent conflict of interest ... but ultimately the state government is the only body that can make a decision on this," he said.
Cr Koschel said he has put the report to council following "numerous members of the community" coming forward and calling for developers to be barred from council.
Council will debate Cr Koschel's report during their ordinary meeting on Monday afternoon.
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