GREENS councillor Amanda Findley should be more honest with her public comments, according to Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash.
Responding to an accusation by Cr Findley that fellow Shoalhaven councillors had helped collapse the quorum at the inaugural Local Government Conference in Sydney last week, Cr Gash said the main business had wrapped up when she and fellow councillors Andrew Guile, Patricia White, Greg Watson and John Wells left on Thursday afternoon.
“At that time we knew the conference was well short of a quorum and there was only 20 minutes to go,” Cr Gash said.
“We knew there was no more
Cr Gash said she and fellow councillors decided to leave early – she said it was at 3.10pm – to save on parking.
“I think Cr Findley’s comments were just retaliation for her not being given conference voting rights by council,” Cr Gash said.
Cr Findley disputed the departure time, saying the mayor and other councillors actually left at 2.42pm, a time she noted down on the day. She also disputed an assertion by the mayor that the conference was 80 to 100 delegates short of a quorum at that time.
“The quorum was 275. When the other Shoalhaven councillors left, there were 242 delegates present, according to the electronic voting system. That means the Shoalhaven delegates accounted for 10 per cent of the shortfall,” Cr Findley said.
She estimated the cost of five councillors and the general manager attending the conference was about $10,000.
“The only councillor who did
anything other than myself was
Cr Guile who actually got a good amendment put forward that would benefit the Shoalhaven,”
Cr Findley said.
“Another motion that councillors had discussed prior to going to the conference was in respect to waste management but Cr John Wells was too slow to get on his feet to get an important amendment up.”