Mayor feels snubbed by G-G
HE wanted to speak before Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce, but Richmond Valley Council mayor Col Sullivan didn’t get the chance.
In what is being dubbed as a ‘distinct disregard of protocol’ in a report to be presented to council tonight, Cr Sullivan says in his role as mayor he should have been invited to speak.
The Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting minutes note a disappointing break in protocol by the organisation committee of the RAAF 70th Anniversary, held at Evans Head over the October long weekend.
“A distinct disregard to protocols in relation to the attendance of the Governor-General to the ceremony was extremely disappointing.” the report said.
The Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Committee president, Richard Gates, responsible for organising the event, regards the statement as nonsense. He claims he didn’t breach protocol.
“The Governor-General’s husband was the one originally invited as a former patron of the air force association,” he said. “The Governor-General came as well. I only found out at the last minute.”
Cr Sullivan disagrees and said it was definitely a breach of protocol.
“On that occasion the local mayor should have been asked to speak,” he said.
Another item to be discussed at tonight’s meeting is the purchase of a recycling collection garbage truck for the Richmond Valley.
With the introduction of a kerbside recycling service in January 2010, council has highlighted the need for a new garbage collection vehicle.
“Unfortunately there will be an 18-month wait for a new truck,” Cr Sullivan explained.
“So we have looked at alternatives, including buying asecond-hand truck in the meantime.”
With a vehicle found in Melbourne suitable for the council’s purposes, it will be recommended at the meeting that councillors agree to purchase a second-hand garbage collection vehicle to be used in the new recycling collection services.