Councillor wants council sacked

SHOALHAVEN City Councillor Jim McCrudden has called on the Local Government Minister to sack Shoalhaven City Council over the Bum Tree issue.

Mr McCrudden believes an administrator should be appointed.

“I believe council should be sacked over this, the handling of the whole process,” he said.

“The actual removal of the Bum Tree is only one part of it.

“I was actually focused on the loss of canopy in the area but when the matter came up at council all we had was the tender to approve.

“I questioned about the lack of community consultation and moved a motion to try to get some but it was defeated and just swept away.

“The federal black spot funding calls for widespread consultation – it hasn’t happened.

“We never received an environmental report into the matter.

“It is the processes council has gone about throughout all of this that I question.

“Council is also heading down the same path with the Orion Beach pathway at Vincentia – they want to remove a huge swathe of trees down there; yet we again have never seen an environmental report into it.”

Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash said Cr McCrudden could take whatever action he decided.

“I think Mr McCrudden should look at how he voted on certain issues, that would be a good idea,” Cr Gash said.

“Mr McCrudden has made a number of accusations. He tried to stop this work with the threat of a legal injunction but wasn’t able to do that.

“I think he should do what he feels he has to.”

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