Tweed Daily News

Bid fails to remove Rayner from Rally board

“RAYNER must go, off with his mo” was just one of the signs brandished in the public gallery of the Tweed Shire Council meeting on Tuesday night.

However, despite the clear public support, mayor Joan van Lieshout's final attempt to remove council general manager Mike Rayner from his controversial position on the board of World Rally Australia failed.

The car rally will take place around Tweed in September. Cr van Lieshout recommended that council withdrew its November 2008 authorisation to allow Mr Rayner to be a director of the event, effectively forcing him to resign from the top position.

However, Cr van Lieshout was not successful, with all councillors except herself and Katie Milne voting against the motion.

“I'm disappointed that my colleagues did not see the necessity and agree that it is a definite conflict of interest,” she said. “I felt I have done everything in my position.”

Environmental campaigner Jules Lewin addressed councillors on Tuesday night, to a loud uproar in the gallery.

“I don't believe someone can serve two masters,” Ms Lewin said regarding Mr Rayner's position.

“I perceive that as a conflict of interest.

“I also don't think it's appropriate for any councillor to receive complimentary tickets to the World Rally Championship.”

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