Ernie Bennett, Mayor of Richmond Valley Council.
Ernie Bennett, Mayor of Richmond Valley Council. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Richmond Valley to vote on returning to NOROC fold

RICHMOND Valley mayor Ernie Bennett has signalled he will put forward a motion for his council to rejoin the Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Council after key changes were promised at last Friday's NOROC workshop.

Those changes include a committment that all decisions and issues supported by NOROC in the future would require across-the-board consensus, as opposed to voting on controversial issues with the potential to divide councils, such as coal-seam gas.

"If you don't have consensus you're going to split the region, and how can you go out and lobby for a region if you're purposely splitting it through a vote?" Cr Bennett said.

Cr Bennett said he would wait until after the next NOROC meeting on May 3 to ensure the changes were formally undertaken.



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