SHOALHAVEN Mayor Joanna Gash is dismayed by Ward 3 councillor Mark Kitchener’s charge that council is being run like a secret society by the Team Gash majority.
“Councillor Kitchener is always included with anything we do. The door is always open, we are always open,” she said.
“He never comes and talks to us at all. He has to make an effort himself. It takes two people to communicate.
“He is very difficult to communicate with. I’ve made many attempts to talk to him. But he’s a loner and I understand that.”
She denied that political bickering was making council dysfunctional.
“Sure, there are differences of opinions – that’s democracy – but it’s not dysfunctional.”
Cr Gash said parochialism, jealousy and sour grapes had been behind much of the criticism levelled at Team Gash councillors.