Karen Toms and Andrew Baker have denied claims they ambushed a fellow councillor's move to have a Yamba sporting field named after Wallaby star Kane Douglas.
Karen Toms and Andrew Baker have denied claims they ambushed a fellow councillor's move to have a Yamba sporting field named after Wallaby star Kane Douglas. Adam Hourigan

Councillors slam 'ambush' accusations

TWO Clarence Valley councillors who voted against the naming of a Yamba rugby field after Wallaby star Kane Douglas have dismissed claims they ambushed the proponent.

Crs Karen Toms and Andrew Baker said Cr Sue Hughes, who moved for the renaming, was not ambushed.

"No ambush occurred. No premeditation existed. Nothing occurred - entirely due to the complete absence of action by Cr Sue Hughes," Cr Baker said.

"Council did the right thing on the original request to name the Kane Douglas field. It voted unanimously to explore the issues, consult with those chosen as appropriate and receive a report on the issues and a recommendation needing council consideration.

"The report came back recommending against the naming. That report was backed by opposition from the landowner DPI Lands, the Geographic Names Board and councils own policy."

Cr Toms said she was insulted by Cr Hughes' claim.

"Just because you think something doesn't make it true," Cr Toms said.

"I never spoke to any councillor about that item and made my decision based on the information in the report.

"I would never ambush anyone and was very annoyed she made that acusation aginst me. It is not the truth and an insult."



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