TOXIC COUN­CIL

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

ONCE more the drums are beat­ing with tales tall and true of life in the balmy trop­ics . . . It could never hap­pen here, but down in Syd­ney it seems a toxic coun­cil is not an un­known thing. Take the case of North Syd­ney, ruled by a cer­tain Jilly Gib­son. It has come to Co­conut’s at­ten­tion that the good Jilly al­leges that her own coun­cil – she’s the mayor – is treat­ing her “in­hu­manely”. It seems Jilly has had a dou­ble knee re­place­ment due to suf­fer­ing arthri­tis for years and years. Now, Ms Gib­son is claim­ing she was de­nied level ac­cess from her carpark to her of­fice af­ter 5 pm, which means she has to slog up a whole lot of stairs. “The com­mu­nity de­serve to know the poor man­ner in which I’m treated,” she moaned to the Mos­man Daily. For their part, coun­cil is hav­ing none of it. The act­ing gen­eral man­ager gave a hint of un­der­ly­ing ten­sions when he re­ferred to “dif­fi­cul­ties at coun­cil, how­ever we are work­ing our way through them”. So is the state govern­ment which is hold­ing an in­quiry into al­le­ga­tions of “con­flict” and “dys­func­tion” at North Syd­ney Coun­cil. Tut, tut. bent mayor Greg McLean is stand­ing again, against five oth­ers. Of note in Wu­jal Wu­jal is the nom­i­na­tion of Fran­cis Walker to con­test the may­oralty – a win would make her the first in­dige­nous fe­male mayor in the re­gion.

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