No confidence motion in Tenterfield GM defeated

TENTERFIELD Shire mayor Peter Petty has accused two councillors of having "denigrated" the council's image after a failed vote of no confidence in Tenterfield Shire Council general manager Lotta Jackson.

The vote was brought before an extraordinary council meeting this morning called by councillors Don Forbes and Blair Maxwell, but was defeated 5-2.

Mayor Petty said he was "disappointed in the process" brought on by Cr Forbes and Cr Maxwell.

"All the issues raised need to be dealt with at the general manager's performance review which is the process required under the Local Government Act," he said.

"As mayor I give my full support to the general manager, as always."

The council was declared "unfit" in the recent assessments by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal to determine the future of local government in NSW, however was not recommended to merge with any neighbours.

It failed the satisfy the financial criteria of the assessment, despite a plan to raise rates by up to 130% over the next 11 years.

Despite future challenges, Mayor Petty said the council not being recommended for a merger was a positive.

"Following the great result that Tenterfield Shire Council is not recommended for a merger following the "Fit for the Future" Local Government reform decision, I find it very sad that these Councillors denigrated the image of council, the general manager and council staff, by calling this very unnecessary meeting", he said.

Cr Maxwell, however, said he and Cr Forbes felt other avenues of addressing their issues with the direction of the council under Ms Jackson had not been productive, and "there were questions that needed to be asked".

He said himself and Cr Forbes were prevented from presenting their arguments in full during the meeting.

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