Gurmesh Singh interviewed by Ray Hadley about the CHCC

This morning, carrying on yesterday from his interview with the Minister for Local Government, Ray Hadley interviewed Coffs Harbour State MP Gurmesh Singh about issues relating to the Coffs Harbour City Council (CHCC) and the proposed Cultural and Civic Centre (CCC).

The interview can be listened to via this TripleM Coffs Coast link; https://www.triplem.com.au/shows/moffee-for-breakfast/catch-up/ceee137f-f15f-4339-9302-abab000f1fd7

3 thoughts on “Gurmesh Singh interviewed by Ray Hadley about the CHCC

  1. Firstly, much gratitude to ‘Coffs Coast Outlook’ for sourcing and presenting this information. Enormously appreciated.

    Now then, let’s have a look at this.

    Gurmesh Singh is, imho, handling this exceptionally well. He’s not apportioning blame, keeping to community point, and you get the sense that the door is open. A very good job.

    Where do we go from here?

    The Minister could introduce legislation causing a pause, and you can guarantee that it has both a “unusual circumstance” and “sunset” clause in it, or we’ll find ourselves with statewide backlash from Councils. In any case, as said on these pages, that’s no long term solution. No joy there.

    We come then to the Councillors in favour. One of these may come to their senses, change their position and speak up. May.

    Then to the four who failed in prosecuting the pause motion. One may grow a set, and call for the Mayor’s resignation. But it would take more than that, it would require nous and courage, clearly lacking so far, and a savvy media relations effort to harness community support. Once achieved, yes, the Mayor’s position is untenable. It would require the media to be fed sufficient reason to continue with this campaign, and a public wholeheartedly behind it. It’s very possible and doable. Not likely.

    We come then to the people. What have we got? We have a significant body within the community who don’t want this project, and a Mayor and a Council who doesn’t represent them. )Denise Knight may well be interested in her own words spoken to Graeme Singleton in that interview previously posted where she holds dear weight on the “community” and what the “community wants.”) This community body would also have the support and approval of the wider nation in securing, at least, a pause.

    Failing any of the above, which is likely, and again it needs to be said, surely there’s a legal avenue the public can take. What would it cost? Ten dollars a ratepayer? Mount legal action against the Council on the factual basis of community belief and economic evidence that Council is not representing them. The idea is not to seek damages. The beauty of the idea is that the legal action against Council could surely implement some kind of stop order or cease action until the legal matter is resolved, which could easily carry to the next election. Then vote the offending Councillors out, withdraw the action, and start afresh.

    A lawyer would have no trouble getting publicity for mounting the case, which would itself run hot in media ongoing. That alone could force any of the offending Councillors to change position or resign.

    Have we come to that? Dunno. But this situation is hot, and won’t die of a quiet natural cause. We may well find ourselves, as early as next week, as a community having to do something drastic ourselves if our representatives are weak or ineffectual. Sad, but true. This thing is boiling. Very decisive, very strong, effective action is the only thing that will deal with it properly.

  2. The mayor and her three supporting councillors have made and are still making such a cock up of this whole affair they should resign now and if that makes the council unworkable it should be placed in the hands of an administrator until the council elections in 2021 can be held and all dealings with and around the civic project being taken off the table.
    It should never have got to this stage with at least one councillor, in my opinion, having pecuniary interests that should have precluded him from ever voting on the matter at any stage.

  3. The mayor and her three supporting councillors have made and are still making such a cock up of this whole affair they should resign now and if that makes the council unworkable it should be placed in the hands of an administrator until the council elections in 2021 can be held and all dealings with and around the civic project being taken off the table. It should never have got to this stage with at least one councillor having pecuniary interests that should have precluded him from ever voting on the matter at any stage.

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