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New age manager?

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  1. Good for you, Vince, if you go along to see these pro-any- sort-of-development, be it housing or economic business development, with only self interest motivating them, people in action. Personally I couldn’t stomach the sight. What with the current pro-development/business without regard to the environment or sustainability councillors, past councillors of the same ilk, M’bah & Tweed District Chambers of Commerce who appear to be similarly inclined and appear to want economic benefit and job creation at any price – it would be far too ugly for me.

    I can certainly understand Tweed businesses wanting to have good economic development that will help their businesses to do better (which is one reason why I am very against a McDonalds store coming to M’bah, placing further pressure on the existing food outlets), but this interest of the business sector cannot be allowed to override a no doubt seriously thought out and well evidenced majority councillor decision. No doubt in selecting a replacement GM the councillors will seek a candidate with excellent skills and experience covering all areas of Council management, including economic development. No doubt they will have learnt something from this experience which they can bring to the selection process.

    A GM who questions the integrity and appropriate actions of his councillors over matters related to a huge developer renowned for flouting the environment in pursuit of his own interests, in addition to the usual huge profit based at the expense of sustainable development approach is surely not the person the thinking people of the Tweed want at the helm. Also the some other incidences of criticism and lack of support of some councillors when they were responding to a complaint from the public. Add to that the recommendation to pursue Katie Milne for a small debt that, in principle, should not have been an issue. I also understand that organisational and staff changes within the TSC have been the cause of some lowering of staff morale.

    I have confidence that Troy Green, senior managers and all staff will continue to work to the high standard they have achieved across the current and future projects. It is important we have in place for a 3 year contract a GM who can work with and affirm the councillors and staff and reflect the values and aspirations of the people who have voted in the councillors to achieve an environmentally and economically sustainable Tweed region. The contract payout should not be made a big issue, it probably only amounts to a few dollars per TSC resident, the more important matter is to have the right leader.

  2. Vince, I think you are right on the money.
    David Keenan must be some sort of superhuman.
    Never has someone in such a short time won over so many friends within the Tweed’s Business, Farming, Developer community. And these are smart cookies, they know one when they see one.
    The plaudits haven’t ceased flowing since the poor man’s dismissal.
    What a pity the Protest Rally wasn’t held on Easter Sunday, a visitation may have even occurred for the adoring flock.
    Apologies to Jesus, I meant Joh Bjelke Petersen.
    Paul Taylor


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