Dale slams legal move
TWEED Shire councillor Steve Dale has claimed a move to mount a legal defence against possible sacking of the council by the state government was fiscally irresponsible and could "break the bank".
Majority councillors last week voted for the move following advice from council's solicitor Tony Smith that, amongst other things, council had been denied natural justice at the Daly Inquiry into Tweed Council.
But Cr Dale said yesterday council had already incurred substantial legal costs for the inquiry and to call in a senior barrister would cost up to $10,000, with the cost of any possible court battle to be added on top of that.
"This blank cheque crusade has been launched on the back of ratepayer funding without any costing cap let alone a com- prehensive estimate of the final cost to ratepayers," he said.
"This is a very cavalier attitude and I believe that these councillors are intent on raiding Council's ratepayer-funded bank account to carry on their own agenda.
"We simply can't afford this irresponsible action. People should rightfully demand council pull back from this folly before it breaks the bank," he said.