Councillor asked to reconsider
BALLINA councillor Peter Moore should "consider his position" on the council after missing a series of committee meetings, Lennox Head Residents Association head Fred Goodman has said.
Mr Goodman made the comments in light of council records showing the Lennox-based councillor had missed every committee meeting since taking up a temporary job in Sydney in September.
However, Cr Moore has made it to all regular council meetings, except one on November 24.
"We should be properly represented by our councillors," Mr Goodman said.
"Peter should certainly consider whether he should continue to represent us."
Cr Moore said he was offended that his commitment to the community was being questioned
"I have lived in the shire for 20 years and been a Ballina councillor for 17 of those years," he said.
"Shire councillors in NSW have careers, we are not professional politicians and we have to balance the demands of our careers and our personal lives."
Cr Moore is spending 12 weeks in Sydney running a multi-disciplinary social work and social welfare team in the area of child protection and foster care.
"I return every weekend to Lennox Head and have twice taken time off to fly up for council meetings," he said.
"I am not down here in Sydney sipping lattes."
Ballina Mayor Phillip Silver defended Cr Moore saying it was good to have people with an active career as part of the council.
"Mr Moore approached me recently to let me know he would be away on temporary assignment in Sydney and would be limited in his availability," he said.
"Not every councillor should be a retired farmer."