Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell has offered to hand over the reins of the Northern Region of Councils (NOROC) if that would help to resolve the issues that have seen two councils state their intention to resign from the regional grouping in a matter or weeks.
Clarence Valley Council gave 12 months’ notice that it would cease to contribute to the organisation last month and Richmond Valley Council took a similar decision on Monday night.
Neither council cited Cr Dowell’s management as a reason for leaving and both stated they were concerned about the complex voting structure that sees some delegates with multiple votes, both as representatives of local councils and also as representatives of county councils delivering shared services.
In an impassioned plea for them to reconsider their position, Cr Dowell has called a strategic planning meeting for next month to consider the future direction of the organisation.
‘If that means that things progress better under a different chair, then I’m happy to step aside… because I want the councils of the northern rivers to be working co-operatively. I want us to stay together because I think that’s where our strength and our common interests are,’ she told ABC radio this morning.