OPINION: Cr Arthur Lysaught speaks at his first meeting since being elected.
OPINION: Cr Arthur Lysaught speaks at his first meeting since being elected.

New councillor speaks his mind

NEW chum on the Clarence Valley Council Arthur Lysaught feels apologetic after sitting through his first full council meeting.

Cr Lysaught had made it all the way through general business with only faint signs of irritation.

But during debate of a Mayoral Minute on the contract renewal of general manager Scott Greensill, Cr Lysaught lost patience.

"I made one statement that was a little bit out of order and for that I am truly apologetic," he said.

"In my opinion they were going over and over the same ground.

"They had asked Mike Colreavy for his opinion on the matter and he had given them the same advice every time."

Councillors were debating whether council needed to go into committee of the whole to discuss the matter confidentially.

A member of the public had earlier made a deputation to council to discuss the non-personnel and non-personal matters in open council.

Mr Colreavy advised council that it could discuss these matters in public, but had the discretion under the Local Government Act to go into confidential session.

Crs Andrew Baker and Karen Toms were adamant this should not happen and a number of times, but after hearing the words Section 10a Part 2a for the third or fourth time in the debate, Cr Lysaught snapped.

"I think we've had more than enough advice. Put the motion," he said as Cr Baker rose to speak.

The deputy mayor deferred to the interjector, but Cr Lysaught backed off and let the debate proceed.

Cr Lysaught said after the meeting he had to learn more about council meeting procedure, but pointed out some councillors need to realise to call it quits when things were against them.

"I thought a couple of people were wasting time when things weren't going the way they wanted," he said.

But Cr Lysaught was pleased overall with the performance of councillors.



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