Council panel twist

THE appointment of two people to a panel taking over many of Tweed Shire Council's planning powers has taken yet another bizarre twist.

The council's general manager, Mike Rayner, has suggested councillors meet all 11 applicants in the council foyer followed by separate five minute interviews.

That is despite a council vote that just five short-listed candidates be interviewed - a decision which sparked a rescission motion to be debated on Tuesday. The move has led to queries on whether it is the way to appoint people to important positions.

A leaked email from Mr Rayner suggests most councillors agree with the proposal, although one, Cr Phil Youngblutt, had not been contacted.

Yesterday afternoon Cr Youngblutt said he did not agree with the proposed new arrangements because councillors already had enough information to choose two appointees plus one back-up. Another, Warren Polglase, said the whole process had become embarrassing.

A council spokesperson said a council resolution was “not needed to talk to people”.

“The process is a matter for councillors,” she said. “They had resolved to follow a particular process and by mutual agreement, have now decided to follow a different process.”



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