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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

New GM needs to nip long-established culture of manipulation and contempt for due process

The Editor The Beagle,

Dear Sir,

Thank you for reporting yesterday on Council Director Usher’s illegal bully boy routine at the meeting on 25 October. As your correspondent reported yesterday, his behaviour in asserting points of order against a Councillor was clearly in breach of Council’s own code of meeting practice. It is also contrary to the Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW under Section 360 of the Local Government 1993 (the Act); and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (the Regulation). His demeanor was clearly one of a petulant bully determined to ignore civility and subvert Council meeting processes to get his way.

It is also noteworthy that the Governance officer, Mr Phillips, at the acting Mayor’s side said nothing; nor did the Acting General Manager, Ms Arthur. Yet another example of the culture of contempt by this Council’s Senior Management in their manipulation of meeting processes to meet their own agendas and not that of Councillors or the community. None of us who have observed the manipulation of meeting processes by Council Senior Management in recent years will be surprised: they are smug, arrogant and used to getting their way by all sorts of breaches of process. If there are questions raised outside Council (eg The Beagle, community organisations or individuals) then we see all sort of elaborate cover-ups and threats made against them.

If Councillors wish to address Eurobodalla Council Executive’s long-established culture of manipulation and contempt for due process, they need to instruct the new General Manager to keep their promise made at the Tuross Candidates Forum last year to obtain an independent review of Council’s management and its processes. If they don’t keep their promise, the continuing abuse of process by Council Executive staff and the charade of faux consultation, inefficiency and cover-up will pursue them through their term as Councillors; and ít is what voters will remember at the next election. Best wishes, Jack Purcell


NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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