Mayor ‘con­cerned’ by be­hav­iour

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

CON­CERNS have been raised about the wel­fare and be­hav­iour of a coun­cil­lor dur­ing a brief­ing ses­sion last week.

Mayor Gary Bren­nan had to ask Cr Michelle Steck to re­peat sev­eral ques­tions she asked dur­ing the Bun­bury City Coun­cil brief­ing on Tues­day night say­ing at one point “I’m just try­ing to un­der­stand what you’re say­ing”. Mr Bren­nan said it was not the first time he had been con­cerned about Cr Steck at a coun­cil meet­ing. “She was hav­ing dif­fi­culty ar­tic­u­lat­ing her ques­tions,” Mr Bren­nan said.

“Some past and cur­rent elected mem­bers and oth­ers have raised con­cerns with me (in the past).”

Mr Bren­nan said he had sus­pended de­bate at coun­cil meet­ings on two oc­ca­sions to dis­cuss with Cr Steck his con­cerns about her well­be­ing. But Cr Steck – who is one of seven can­di­dates run­ning for Mayor – said if peo­ple had trou­ble un­der­stand­ing her ques­tions it could be due to her “nerves”.

“Some­times nerves kick in and other things kick in,” Cr Steck said.

“I find it hard to step up to them some­times be­cause they shut me down.”

Cr Monique Warnock echoed con­cerns say­ing it was not the first time Cr Steck’s be­hav­iour had raised ques­tions. “At last week's coun­cil brief­ing meet­ing Cr Steck was hav­ing dif­fi­culty ar­tic­u­lat­ing what she was say­ing,” Cr Warnock said.

“It's not the first time it has hap­pened and I am con­cerned for her and about the im­age of the coun­cil.

“The coun­cil cham­ber is where big de­ci­sions, worth mil­lions of dol­lars are made and we need to be in full com­mand of the facts and our per­for­mance.”

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