Coffs Harbour City Councillors were tied 4-4 last evening over a motion to reverse plans to proceed with a plan to lease out the airport. But this time, the Mayor Denise Knight didn’t use her casting vote.
According to the ABC Coffs Coast this is because under the Council’s code of meeting practice, if the chair doesn’t exercise their second vote the motion being voted upon is lost.
This of course means Mayor Knight’s original casting vote last Thursday effectively ensured the lease went ahead.
The following opinion/comment was sent to CCO last night by ‘Scriptwriter’;
Script written at 2.57pm Wednesday. Four copies printed, disbursed.
“PROOF OF COUP”
Actors are gathered centre stage. A council meeting.
A mayor: Five PM, I declare the meeting open. The motion is put. Do I have a speaker for?
A councillor: [mumbles; inaudible]
A mayor: Do I have a speaker against? [Pauses] No? I put it to the vote. [mayor counts out loud] Four votes for, for votes against. I use my casting vote. The motion is lost. Five-o three PM, I declare the meeting closed.
Next day, a Thursday. First thing. A phone call overheard
Speaker 1: Yes?
Speaker 2: As promised. Some t’s to cross. Will be done by Friday next. They can’t rescind again in that time. All yours. And your children. And their children.