Ashley Geelan has selected the wrong enemy.
Geelan used his Kinglake Ranges News blog to malign the reputation of Craig Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Murrindindi Shire Council.
Mr Lloyd, a former policeman, has a hard-won and impeccable reputation in Victoria’s local government arena.
Geelan’s posts include wrongful allegations that people connected with the council have acted in a wrongful way.
One of the allegations was that unspecified payments had been made by a Kinglake West-Pheasant Creek planning permit applicant to an unspecified person or people.
Mr Lloyd wrote immediately to Geelan, requesting that the post be removed immediately.
Mr Lloyd said that if Geelan had credible evidence against any council person, it was Geelan’s responsibility to report those allegations to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).
Geelan has published further slurs against the council, Mr Lloyd, and Deputy Mayor Cr Leigh Dunscombe.
In a bizarre series of posts last Christmas (2018), Ashley Geelan made baseless allegations that Cr Dunscombe was hacking Geelan’s computer system at a Robertson Rd house in Kinglake by remote control.
Geelan targetted Cr Dunscombe for perceived shortcomings in his role as a Councillor and Deputy Mayor.
Geelan has recently published more accusations against the Council, claiming that it has behaved in some form of inappropriate way in its purchases of newspaper advertising space.
In another bizarre claim, Geelan claimed that the Council owed him at least $20,000 for publishing its advertisements in another media outlet’s products. Geelan revealed that he owed $20,000 unpaid rates to Murrindindi Shire Council relating to his half-share of a property in Robertson Road, Kinglake.
Murrindindi Shire Council is understood to have referred Mr Geelan’s behaviour to a top Melbourne law firm that specialises in reputational damage.
In another legal matter in actions with Mr Jack Russell of Yea, the Council has spent more than $100,000 on legal advice.