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Tom Tabart, Bangalow

I must say that I am highly gruntled that I still seem to be pissing off the servants of the rock-booster/build-anything lobby on and off council.

Seemingly out of the blue in a recent council meeting I was named by the stolid and solid Cr Cubis for apparently having slighted his dear leader, Sol (finger in the dike) Ibrahim. Didn’t catch the detail but it may have been that I was beastly to him during the ‘meet the candidates’ follies when he was expounding his vision of huge ocean bastions for all.

Then to my surprise, in his justification of why rock walls are good for humanity (the top earners anyway) in last week’s Echo, Sol opined that I would not advocate the removal of the Jonson Street rocks. This is a non-sequitor to the current projects but he is correct.

On another point I should mention that we did have a complete CZMP ready to go with the last ALP government, it mysteriously disappeared – even the incoming Coalition were mystified and our staff fed the councillors bullshit.

And on the question of ‘friends’ at Belongil, perhaps we would have a better handle on this if Sol and the three stooges were to let us in on who paid for their election?

And my final pejorative mention (pro temps) came from the fragrant Ms Tina Petroff who, very tenuously, attempted to implicate me in the theatrical expulsion of Jim Beatson from the local seat of power.

I actually found out about it in the Echonetdaily some days later. Had I been involved (perish the thought), I would have run a much more professional event – I once paused the Tweed council for a full hour when local developers were sitting behind the councillors passing them notes.


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