Mayor gets the bullet



COFFS Harbour mayor and independent candidate for Coffs Harbour Keith Rhoades yesterday claimed he had been forced to stand down as an executive member of the Pacific Highway Taskforce.

Mr Rhoades said he was disappointed that the push for his removal was based on his previous announcement that he would be standing as an independent for the State seat, held by the Nationals' Andrew Fraser. ''I am disappointed that the push came from the former National Party member for Port Macquarie and now NRMA board member Wendy Machin,'' he said.

''The five-member executive is dominated by National Party members. It's obvious they have had pressure placed on them for my removal.''

However, Ms Machin yesterday said the taskforce decided early on that no sitting MP or candidates running for election to Parliament should sit on its executive.



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