I wasn’t foxing, says accused MLC

CLARENCE electorate Duty MLC Greg Donnelly denies he didn’t turn up to a Maclean High School plaque-unveiling because of hostility over the flying fox issue but he would not divulge his exact whereabouts.

Mr Donnelly, who represents Clarence, Manly, Hornsby and Port Stephens in the NSW Legislative Council and is based in Sydney, was invited to officially open Maclean High School’s science block in a ceremony planned for Monday of last week.

A plaque with Mr Donnelly’s name was made up specifically for the occasion, but Mr Donnelly cancelled the appointment the Friday before.

Several people who were due to attend the ceremony accused Mr Donnelly of being too afraid to attend because he may face difficult questions over the flying foxes.

Speaking to The Daily Examiner on Monday, Mr Donnelly said he had been asked to “cover for a minister” at short notice at a meeting in Sydney on the same day

Asked for details of the meeting, Mr Donnelly said: “I am not at liberty to go into the tale of who I was meeting.”

He said he would make it his business to contact the school community about the issue.

“If there is an apology due, I accept responsibility ... I had no intention of standing people up,” he said.

Mr Donnelly said he had not heard about any plan for another ceremony.



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