Tweed Shire Council resolved that Mayor Gary Bagnall, and other councillors, need a mentor.
Tweed Shire Council resolved that Mayor Gary Bagnall, and other councillors, need a mentor. John Gass

Anger at mentor plan

BOTH Tweed mayor Gary Bagnall and councillor Carolyn Byrne claim they have received significant public support over the latter's successful motion for a "mayoral mentor" to be appointed to improve the councillors' behaviour.

Cr Bagnall said he had been contacted by "numerous" ratepayers who were disgusted at CrByrne's motion at the December council meeting that the seven councillors undergo mentoring.

The vote in favour of the motion was 4-3 (Crs Bagnall, Katie Milne and Michael Armstrong against).

This week, Cr Bagnall accused Cr Byrne of being "personal and spiteful" and her and the ex-mayor CrBarry Longland, of pursuing personal grievances.

"It is a pity that they don't concentrate their energies on doing positive things for the ratepayers.

"They need to accept that I fairly won the mayoral vote and get on with what they were elected to do."

But Cr Byrne said: "Why is it a disgrace to want to improve the council? This is about residents and ratepayers having the best representatives they can.

"My motion was not about any one person, but to improve the council, and the staff and community deserves this much."

A free service offered by the Local Government of New South Wales will be one of the options considered early this year to action Cr Byrne's motion.

Mike Montgomery, the former Australian Local Government Association president and former mayor of Moree Shire, along with Genia McCaffery, also a former LGA president and ex-mayor of North Sydney, are "two highly-qualified and experienced" experts recommended under the service.

Cr Bagnall said weeks before Cr Byrne's motion, he had accepted a mentoring offer from a former Sydney mayor, but Cr Byrne said his behaviour did not reflect this.



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