GOLD COAST BULLETIN Thursday, November 11, 2004
EVERY Tweed Shire councillor faced the sack after the NSW Government launched a full royal commission-type inquiry into the council.
Years of unruly councillor behaviour, conspiracy theories about backdoor deals, allegations of dubious planning approvals and conflicts of interests finally
prompted NSW Local Government Minister Tony Kelly to the extraordinary measure of launching a public inquiry into the council’s conduct.
The inquiry had the full powers of a royal commission and all 10 councillors, plus the Mayor, faced being thrown out of office.
Four other councils across the state had already been dismissed since changes were made to the Local Government Act in 2003
In fact, over the previous decade, every single similar
inquiry had resulted in the council being thrown out.
Pushed into damage control, Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase said that the inquiry gave the council a chance to show it was open and accountable and could forever silence the conspiracy theorists.
“I think we will be shown to be justified,” he said. “We have always endeavoured to be totally transparent about everything.
But following the inquiry, the council was indeed sacked.