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.