Mayor Joan Lieshout and general manager Mike Rayner.
Mayor Joan Lieshout and general manager Mike Rayner. Tweed Daily News

Mayor given sick funeral threat

CLASSIC criminal underworld tactics may have crept into Tweed politics, with Mayor Joan van Lieshout receiving calls that offer her a 'funeral plan'.

Cr van Lieshout yesterday said she was not rattled by the implied death threat.

However her husband Peter van Lieshout, the millionaire developer of a controverisal planned eco-village west of Mt Warning, admitted he was 'personally very upset about it'.

Cr van Lieshout conceded: "Someone is trying to unsettle me" but added, "My Christian faith says they can try to do it but it won't happene unless God says so.

"My strength is because of my faith.

"The spirit of fear is not of God.  I'm not going to be afraid.  But it is a little bit worrying because it affects my family, not just me."

Late on Friday, on hearing of the calls, Council general manager Mike Rayner described them as 'very disturbing and of great concern'.

"It is a serious threat and I would expect the police would be investigating," Mr Rayner said.

A spokesman for Tweed police, Sergeant Brad Stewart, said the matter should be reported to police, especially when it 'involves people in authority' so that an assessment could be made.

That has not yet happened.

"At this stage we have not reported it to the police but we are thinking about it," Mr van Lieshout said.

He revelead his wife late on Thursday received phone calls from Victorian insurance company representatives who believed she was 'interested in a funeral plan' offered by the firm.

The first call at 4.22pm was received on her private mobile after that number had been give to the company.

The second at 6.28pm was on her mayoral mobile phone, which has its number publicised on the council website.

Cr van Lieshout is facing moves from out councillors to dispose her because of the way she has handled her position and her attempts to force Mr Rayner to stand down from the board of Rally Australia due to a perceived conflict of interest.


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