Local, Politics

“Toxic Council needs new election soon” – Mayor

No it is not Coffs Harbour. But it is Port Macqaurie. Does anyone else think there are similarities though? (This is a CCO Comment – what follows is from The ABC Mid North Coast)

“The Mayor of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has called for an early election due to “serious dysfunction” among councillors who, she says, are incapable of working for the public good.

By Luisa Rubbo

Key points:

  • Mayor wants the Local Government Minister to approve an early election as soon as possible
  • Councillor Peta Pinson says councillors are incapable of acting in ratepayers’ interests
  • Councillors will vote on the mayor’s proposal at a meeting on Wednesday night
Port Macquarie Mayor Pita Pinson is calling for an early election to e”nd a deeply divided and dysfunctional Council”. Photo; Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Mayor Peta Pinson will move a minute to be voted on at Wednesday night’s council meeting asking the general manager to urge Local Government Minister Shelly Hancock to consider an election at the earliest possible date.

The state’s local government elections have been postponed until September next year due to the COVID-19 crisis.

In 2016, the voters of Port Macquarie-Hastings elected the current council to serve a four-year term and at a 2017 by-election voted for the mayor to serve to the end of 2020 also.

Cr Pinson said she decided to make her move in light of the minister’s decision to delay elections.

‘Warring factions’

She was in meetings today ahead of tonight’s council meeting and was unavailable for further comment.

Exterior of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council chambers
Councillors will vote on the Mayor’s proposal at the meeting on Wednesday night.((ABC Mid North Coast: Bridget Murphy))

However, her mayoral minute reads: “I now make this request through the general manager due to the serious dysfunction of the elected body which has resulted in the inability to all pull together for the public good.

“Evidence of warring factions within the elected council are now publicly evident, with the deep divide between some councillors and the mayor rendering the council as dysfunctional.

“It is now questionable that as mayor and councillors, true effective leadership will be delivered due to the ongoing toxic dysfunction.

“The community deserves council representatives who will champion their needs and future visions whilst also providing accountability and stability within the organisation.”

In her minute, Cr Pinson proposed the minister look at options available to council for an election as soon as possible.

“It is a growing concern of the community that should Local Government elections remain scheduled to occur in September 2021, the community will continue to be tethered to an ineffective and self-serving council,” the minute says.

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Published at The ABC Mid-North Coast – Wednesday 3 June 2020. See; https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-03/ongoing-toxic-dysfunction:-mayor-calls-for-early-election-for/12316218

Update from ABC Mid-North Coast Facebook page;

UPDATE: 07.30 04 June 2020; A push by Mayor Peta Pinson to call an early election last night has failed.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Councillors will vote tonight on a mayoral minute which requests the general manager write to the Local Government Minister seeking urgent consideration of granting permission for the council to hold their election at the earliest possible date due to the seriousness of the dysfunction of council and the growing community dissatisfaction with the elected representatives of council.

One Comment

  1. John Cleese

    The failed council model again ,when are we going to admit they dont work.Councillors who have no background in management,many on a power trip who felt unsuccessful in their own careers or have hidden agendas.Please spare us appointment properly qualified paid management to administer affairs

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