Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE FLASHBACK -

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.

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