Broyd bows out, again



TWEED Council's former chief planner David Broyd was cleaning out his desk for the second time in two years on Friday after resigning from Wollongong Council.

The council's general manager, Rod Oxley, confirmed weeks of rumours when he issued a one-line fax to Lord Mayor Alex Darling and his fellow councillors saying Mr Broyd had quit his job.

Mr Oxley and Mr Broyd have declined to comment on the reasons for the resignation, but observers say that relations between Mr Oxley and plan- ning staff have been strained for months.

Mr Broyd said he would use the four weeks annual leave owing to him from the council to make a final decision on his future.

He ruled out returning to the Tweed following the sacking of the council, saying his old job was no longer available.

Mr Broyd's resignation has strong similarities to his decision to resign from Tweed Shire Council two years ago.

Mr Oxley, an outspoken critic of Wollongong council's planning staff, has been accused of interfering in development applications.

Mr Broyd ended a 12-year career with Tweed Council following on-going criticism of his performance by pro-development councillors.

In an ABC interview, Mr Broyd outlined a philosophy which has raised the hackles of opponents.

"I don't yield to any pressure from developers, I don't yield to any pressure from particular community groups.

"I have to have my own independent professional opinion, retain professional integrity, and very often it can be tough," he told the Four Corners program.

In a speech to Parliament on the eve of Mr Broyd's departure from Tweed Council, Tweed MP Neville Newell said that some of the elected councillors played a very rough game.

Mr Newell said one of the last straws for Mr Broyd was when Crs Phil Youngblut and Gavin Lawrie over-ruled his recommendations, and in so doing provided a developer with an $882,000 windfall from the pockets of ratepayers with a range of concessions.



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