Tweed Shire councillor Katie Milne.
Tweed Shire councillor Katie Milne.

Milne calls for equal opportunity

TWEED councillor Katie Milne will make two motions in Tuesday's council meeting pushing for increased equal opportunity.

The call comes after Ms Milne was kicked off the selection panel for the council's new general manager after making a comment that she would like the job to go to a female.

Ms Milne has since defended the comment saying she would never have made the comment had she been adequately trained in equal opportunity.

The first motion pushes for the council to write to local government minister Don Page and request advice on legislation and guidelines for the recruitment of local government staff in relation to affirmative action.

It also asks Mr Page to consider whether changes to the local government recruitment processes could overcome the lack of equal representation of council staff.

The second motion pushes for council to develop a strategy to encourage and support female participation in local council elections and in senior management roles within council.

Ms Milne has also made clear her support for new general manager David Keenan who will take the reins on April 30.



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