Fu­ri­ous row on tate­book

Mayor called a ‘rude pig’ in on­line stoush with res­i­dent

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - PAUL WE­STON paul.we­ston@news.com.au

TOM Tate has been called a “rude pig” over a Face­book post in which he asked a res­i­dent whether she was com­plain­ing about hav­ing to live in the Gold Coast bat­tler sub­urb of Labrador.

As an em­bar­rass­ing on­line war of words erupted with res­i­dents on the mayor’s of­fi­cial Face­book page, Coun­cil­lor Tate ad­mit­ted be­ing tired, did not care if he won the next elec­tion and boasted that US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump had copied his out­spo­ken lead­er­ship style.

The row was sparked by a res­i­dent who asked where she was sup­posed to park af­ter a flyer was placed on her car warn­ing it would be towed at her ex­pense if she did not move it for the Com­mon­wealth Games marathon to­mor­row. The fe­male res­i­dent posted: “I live in sun­shine crt (sic), Labrador Tom Tate, you know the lit­tle Crt (sic) with 4 houses on 500 sq mt (sic) blocks where you ap­proved a 10 storey high rise, any­way we are blocked in when the marathon is on this Sun­day and they have la­belled our cars al­ready with tow away stick­ers ... Please ex­plain where you would like us to park? An­other games stuff up ... Good one.”

The Mayor replied: “So you are whinge­ing to me about where you chose to live or that you have to park some­where else for a day with the marathon com­ing through later this week?”

Sev­eral peo­ple called the Mayor out for “harsh” words and be­ing “un­pro­fes­sional and ar­ro­gant”.

The Labrador woman posted: “Read again? What I’m say­ing is six days out from the marathon and you’re wast­ing our rates money on send­ing coun­cil work­ers around to put ‘tow away’ fly­ers on our cars. You se­ri­ously are a rude pig …”

Cr Tate, who has this week hosted Birm­ing­ham Lord Mayor Anne Un­der­wood in the lead-up to to­mor­row’s Com­mon­wealth Games clos­ing and han­dover cer­e­monies, ad­mit­ted he was a “a bit tired to be hon­est” but “it’s a marathon and we have around 10km to go to the fin­ish line” as he thanked sup­port­ers for their en­cour­age­ment.

But an­other slang­ing match erupted when a busi­ness­man sug­gested the event should be called “the lack of wealth games”.

Mayor Tate: “You are whinge­ing be­cause you per­son­ally didn’t make a ton of money out of the Com­mon­wealth Games?’’

The busi­ness­man: “Wrong! I made a heap of cash. You’re so out of touch with the Gold Coast lo­cals. Can’t wait to vote for the mayor role again as I’m sure all the busi­ness own­ers are. Good luck.’’

Mayor Tate: “I couldn’t care less if I win or don’t win the next elec­tion like the last elec­tion where I got 74 per cent … I came be­fore Trump so maybe he’s been fol­low­ing my lead.’’

South­port and Labrador­based coun­cil­lor Dawn Crichlow said yes­ter­day she had re­ceived many com­plaints about posts on the may­oral Face­book page.

“I get many com­plaints even from coun­cil staff at times about the rude­ness of the re­marks on the of­fi­cial Face­book page, the speak­ing down to peo­ple,” Cr Crichlow said. “Face­book is there for com­ments but when they make com­ments they’re treated rudely.

“I’m just won­der­ing who is re­ply­ing (on be­half of the Mayor) to these Face­book posts.”

The Bul­letin ap­proached the coun­cil just af­ter 10.30am yes­ter­day with ques­tions for the Mayor, with the re­quest for­warded to his chief of staff Wayne Mo­ran. A re­sponse was not pro­vided by dead­line.



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