AVO taken out against Tweed deputy mayor
TWEED Shire Councillor Carolyn Byrne has been granted an interim apprehended violence order (AVO) against deputy mayor Gary Bagnall.
In a short hearing on Monday morning at Tweed Heads Local Court, Magistrate Michael Dakin granted the AVO against Cr Bagnall with the matter adjourned until November 24.
The order states the defendant must not "assault, harass, threaten or otherwise interfere" with Cr Byrne, nor must he "engage in any other conduct that intimidates" her.
Cr Byrne applied for the AVO after she alleged Cr Bagnall swore at and intimidated her, following September's mayoral election.
She also alleged Cr Bagnall spat on her car windscreen in the council parking lot on the same night.
Charges of assault and intimidation subsequently laid against Cr Bagnall are due to be heard on the same date later this month.
Cr Bagnall was not present at Monday's AVO hearing but was represented by his lawyer Russell Baxter.
Speaking outside court, Cr Byrne said it was sad that it had come to this, but Cr Bagnall's behaviour could not go unchallenged.
She said the AVO would still allow her and Cr Bagnall to attend council meetings together.
"The whole matter is unfortunate," she said.
The council's general manager Troy Green said the granting of the AVO would not have any impact on council's operations.
Cr Bagnall said he could not comment as the matter was before the courts.
At their first appearance, Magistrate Dakin ordered both parties into mediation after their lawyers were unable to agree on AVO terms.
However, it is understood that mediation did not proceed after charges were laid against Cr Bagnall.
This story has been updated to reflect the AVO was issued on an interim basis, with the matter adjourned until November 24.