By Rob Trezise of Coffs Coast News and Views
We here at Coffs Coast News and Views are at times criticised for polarising people around the Coffs Coast for our support of opponents to the Coffs Harbour City Council’s Civic Space project for a number of reasons.
The issue is undoubtedly a divisive one and while we believe that the majority of our community do not support the Council in the way it has pressed on with the Gordon Street C&C project, despite all the evidence mounting that it shouldn’t, we are seeing a few of the council’s supporters, while minuscule in number, becoming more offensive and abusive (only by a small number we might add) towards those who do not agree with their point of view.
We have had to in some instances block these people from our pages despite warnings for them to desist.
Last Thursday’s Council meeting has reinforced our view that the Council’s executive has gone beyond what their role is in OUR City’s Governance.
We support Two Tails Wines and their battle to run their business like any other.
We support Cr. Tegan Swan and rather than have her face an investigation, we would welcome a thorough independent audit of the Council’s finances and operations, particularly the Planning Department.
The awarding of the rights to sell off OUR Council properties announced last week, raises questions as to the probity of how the agents have been appointed and under what terms.
The full facts must be made known to our community.
We must state now that the reckless awarding of building contracts for the C&C Space as per last Thursday’s motions, can only cause financial grief to ratepayers and our city’s long term prosperity into the future, particularly given the current financial and health crisis we are faced with as Covid19 takes its toll across the world.
We on the Coffs Coast will not be immune from it’s effects.
We call upon all readers to give their support to calls for the Council to take a step back at this time to place a hold on any contracts involving the sell-off of its properties, plus contracts to demolish and build on the Gordon Street site.
We call upon the General Manager to abandon the persecution of Councillor Swan.
All Councillors must be permitted to run our Council, and we remind the General Manager, he is a servant of the ratepayers not the “President” of our city.
Our community is raising its voice, is united and it will not stop until the next elections in September if the Council continues on its current dysfunctional and undemocratic path.
First published at Coffs Coast News and Views Facebook page – Sunday March 15 2020. – Pictures supplied.