Byron GM’s patronising attitude not reassuring

The tone of Byron shire general manager’s response to Cr Duncan Dey’s motion supporting volunteer, Angela Dunlop, put to the last council meeting was not reassuring, on the contrary I found it somewhat patronising.

Mr Gainger describes people’s expectations of his role in this area as ‘local folklore’ and accuses Angela of ‘exuberance’.
He claims to have no responsibility for dealing with complaints about volunteers and that these must be handled by council’s legal services co-ordinater, Mr Ralph James.
As I said, not at all reassuring from our GM and I can’t believe he could not have acted to bring about a different outcome for Angela; not good news for volunteers.
Jenny Coman, Bangalow

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