Broyd mumon givingevidence

TWEED Shire Council's former chief planner who resigned to take up a senior job in Wollongong is remaining tight-lipped as to whether he will give evidence to a public inquiry into the running of Tweed Shire Council.

David Broyd, who was exonerated by a previous inquiry during the term of the last council after discreditted allegations of impropriety by former deputy mayor Bob Brinsmead, was yesterday reluctant to comment on the new inquiry.

The new inquiry is expected to take evidence from former council employees but yesterday asked about that possibility Mr Broyd would only say: "At this stage, I would need to consider that, and make no comment".

However Mr Broyd said he was enjoying his new job in Wollongong with "lots of good challenges".

He said Wollongong City Councillors were "good to work with" and "encouraging".

His comments were in contrast to those made in an interview with ABC TV last year when he described attempts by "at least one Tweed Shire councillor to get rid of him" as "demotivating".

After he left to join Wollongong City Council as its director of Environment and Planning, claims were made by a Tweed community group that Mr Broyd had been "run out of town" by a "development mafia".

Tweed Monitor said a vendetta against Mr Broyd was substantiated by a confidential email sent by a Tweed Coast developer to a businessman.

Mr Broyd later said he had been aware of the email and campaign by certain developers to discredit him but it had nothing to do with his move to Wollongong.

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