Tweed councillor Warren Polglase.
Tweed councillor Warren Polglase.

Woman won't let job jibe die

AN 80-year-old Tyalgum woman who complained that former Tweed mayor Warren Polglase told her to “get a job” has threatened to lodge a second complaint.

Elizabeth Jack shouted from the public gallery of yesterday’s Tweed Shire Council meeting that she did not accept an emailed apology from Cr Polglase for the “get-a-job” jibe.

Cr Polglase had apologised by email after an independent reviewer found he had breached the Council Code of Conduct by failing to show respect in making the jibe during a break in the October council meeting.

The comment came after Ms Jack, who opposed a council decision to push ahead with a new dam at Byrrill Creek, said “shame” to Cr Polglase during the dinner break.

Cr Polglase has said the remark was to “no-one in particular” but emailed Ms Jack an apology.

At yesterday’s council meeting he opted to leave the room while disciplinary action regarding the apology was debated.

Cr Dot Holdom said Cr Polglase should not sit in on the debate because he had a “non-pecuniary conflict of interest”.

But Ms Jack called from the gallery: “No. He should be here”.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s a second insult. I’ll be making a code of conduct complaint again if necessary.

“It’s disgusting,” she added as she left the chamber.

Greens Party councillor Katie Milne argued Cr Polglase’s apology, shown to councillors, was “as brief as you can make it” and “not adequate”. Councillors voted four to two to note the apology to Mrs Jack had been acknowledged, with councillors Milne and Joan van Lieshout against.

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