The Mayor of Coffs Harbour, Denise Knight has used her casting vote to vote down a motion to halt the city’s proposed Cultural and Civic Space.
The motion called for the council to suspend the $76.5 million project until it could re-assess its finances and the affect of Coronavirus on the local economy.
Councillors were once again at a stalemate four in favour and four against the motion after an hour of heated debate.
The Mayor was scathing of Coffs Harbour MP Gurmesh Singh’s letter sent to councillors this week, that called for the suspension of the project. “How dare he, and shame on him to deprive our community of local jobs to stimulate the economy to bring life back into our city,” Cr Knight said. “We need to build, create hope and optimism during this pandemic.”
The Mayor also said words to the effect that she knew more about pandemics than others in the meeting.
The CBD complex will include a regional art gallery, library, museum as well as council offices and chambers.
Cr Keith Rhoades, who put forward the motion with Crs Paul Amos and Tegan Swan, said it was “disrespectful of the Mayor” to attack the state member during the council meeting.
Our story on Gurmesh Singh’s letters to Councillors and to Planning Minister Rob Stokes can be found here; https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/?p=34831
The above is from the ABC Coffs Coast Facebook site, with minor alterations.
Editors note: More on this story later today.