It is a cause for celebration that Tweed Shire mayor Gary Bagnall is not a ‘business-as-usual’ man. In fact, in his personal life he is a very successful ethical businessman. His views at times differ from the status quo approach of other councillors and staff. I think this is a good thing.
The mayor is not there to be a rubber stamp for ‘business-as-usual’ ideology and should display a degree of independence. Society is continually having to think outside the square to deal with ever-changing challenges. The last thing we need is a ‘yes minister’ style mayor. If mayor Bagnall’s views are different, why shouldn’t he write his own media releases rather than having to correct others who pre-empt his views? How else are we going to find out what his views really are?
David Norris, Pottsville