Not that bad - Mayor backs council over complaints

By PETER CATON and AAP

TWEED Shire Council is not that bad ? despite being the second most complained about Council in NSW ? according to mayor Warren Polglase. Cr Polglase yesterday dismissed revelations by NSW Local Government Minister Tony Kelly that his council came second on the complaints list as a political attack. Cr Polglase said the claim was not backed up by information about the so-called complaints and Council officers had been told details would not be released until an annual report on local government across the State was published, possibly in several months time. "We can't be that bad, because once someone makes those sorts of statements we would all like to know what the complaints are and how we can address the issue," he said. Cr Polglase suspected the local lobby group Tweed Monitor was the major complainant, saying "they seem to take on that vitriolic role all the time". "They are just trying to tear down the Tweed," he added. Tweed Monitor president Jerry Cornford confirmed his organisation had lodged at least five complaints about the Council with Mr Kelly so far this year and was about to lodge another. He said the latest complaint would concern general manager Dr John Griffin's apparent endorsement of plans to sell public land at Pandanus Parade, Cabarita Beach, to developer Resort Corp before a Council vote was taken. The last complaint concerned the Council decision to award Dr Griffin an $8000 pay rise - his second this year. But Cr Polglase also dismissed that criticism saying that at functions he attend no one had criticised Dr Griffin and instead coments had been made that "the general manager is doing an excellent job". According to Mr Kelly's list only Gosford City Council topped the Tweed in the number of complaints received. A total of 1,069 complaints were lodged about 27 councils.



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