Council gags debate into probe of GM
by ZOE SATHERLEY
THE public may never know just what Kyogle Council senior staff and councillors think about the State Government's investigation into their general manager, Ken Davies.
At Monday night's council meeting, with two NSW Department of Local Government investigators present observing proceedings, they voted to gag debate on the issue.
They moved into confidential session and would not even risk 'receiving and noting' a report tabled in the business papers in an open forum, afraid it would allow debate.
However, the whole drama is laid out very publicly in the business papers for all to read.
This prompted newly appointed acting general manager, Arthur Piggott, to suggest that Mr Davies in fact wants the matters aired publicly.
Mr Davies is on sick leave.
Mr Piggott told the meeting he thought it was Mr Davies' desire and intention to see the matters debated in a public forum.
However, mayor Ernie Bennett didn't agree, saying he was 'fearful and mindful' of the public consequences of any open discussion of the matters.
Councillors then made the decision to receive and note Mr Davies' report.