23.2 C
Byron Shire
May 27, 2024

‘Coal miners’ mate’ now running Gloucester

Latest News

Nearly 700 new EV stations for NSW

Nearly 700 new public kerbside electric vehicle charging stations are to be installed across NSW, in what the government says is the largest rollout in the country.

Other News

Surfing on the spectrum – free fun for everyone at Lennox and Byron this Sunday

Ocean Heroes will be giving children who are on the autism spectrum the chance to experience what it is like to be in the ocean on a surfboard this Saturday at Lennox Head and Sunday in Byron Bay.

Adam says it’s time for a Sunday bus for north Byron Shire

As many people are aware, there is no public transport in the north of Byron Shire on Sundays, making it difficult for people, young people in particular, to get to where they want to go. Adam Luck has decided to take action on this problem. 

New Murwillumbah pump station build underway

There is no denying that Murwillumbah floods and locals are hoping that the construction of a new stormwater pump...

Death and Dying expo May 25

On Saturday May 25, a free Death and Dying expo will be held at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall from 10am-2pm.

Posters gone

I am writing to bring attention to a growing issue in our community – the removal of community posters....

Spice Palace: a mecca for Middle Eastern dips and spice mixes

Victoria Cosford The business was a natural fit for Bec and Tom, new owners for the past few months, of...

 

A stormy first meeting of the amalgamated Mid Coast Council has followed revelations that the administrator put in charge of the Gloucester former CSG battleground has ties to a coal mining company.

John Turner is the chairman of the community consultative committee for Whitehaven Coal.

An angry meeting of the forcibly amalgamated Gloucester, Great Lakes and Taree councils yesterday, fronted by the administrator, was shut down by angry protesters yelling ‘undemocratic’, ‘leave now’ and ‘out, out, out’.

A video of the meeting, circulated on YouTube by Dayne ‘Frackman’ Pratzky, shows a noisy but peaceful protest, with the administrator eventually announcing he would abandon the meeting and adopt all the matters of business unilaterally.

‘These people have not allowed us to go through the business papers debate and I’ve now adopted the business papers,’ he said.

Mr Turner then left the meeting, followed by council staff.

A member of the Knitting Nannas, who had a substantial presence at the meeting, then announced ‘Mr Turner has left the building’ to popular acclaim.

Greens MP and Local Government Spokesperson David Shoebridge defended the community’s opposition to its appointed new leader.

“We know that John Turner was appointed by Whitehaven Coal, effectively helicoptered in by them to run the committee to try and as best they can neuter community opposition to the expansion of their coal operation,’ Mr Shoebridge said.

‘The mid coast community are quite rightly insulted that their council has been handed over to the Chair of a number of committees run by the coal companies overseeing the Maules Creek and Boggabri mines,’

‘There is no evidence, no mandate and no democracy in any of the amalgamations that Baird is forcing through, and communities simply will not accept this.

‘Chaos and disarray has dominated Mike Baird’s forced amalgamation process, and looks like it will only continue as residents see red over the loss of their local democracy,’ Mr Shoebridge said.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

4 COMMENTS

  1. What better evidence could there be that big business is emasculating government at all levels. You have ex merchant bankers running Australia and NSW and not showing one hint of remorse or embarrassment at this shameful charade of “local government”.

    This is just the beginning! Neo liberals are being parachuted into local governments as either GM or Administrator. Local council functions are being privatised. Workers and services slashed.

  2. Knowing John personally and knowing the FACTS of how he is ACTUALLY engaged to independently chair the mining CCC’s, it’s an absolute disgrace the way he was treated. He is someone who has been employed with the appropriate level of administrative skils to handle what is a very difficult process. Not many people would have the courage to do what he’s doing.

    It’s frustrating to see so many people who have allowed themselves to be led by false reports and rumours.

    • I don’t know the man. I’m sure he’s kind to children and doesn’t kick his dog but I nevertheless question the integrity of anybody wanting to take on the role of an administrator under these circumstances. The process is quite clearly undemocratic. If residents had wanted, or voted for council amalgamations they would not have had to ‘force’ the amalgamations. The issue for me is no longer about whether the amalgamations were a good idea. It’s the process. One person, whoever they are, making unilateral decisions about our communities is not democratic.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

New community meeting room in Lismore

A new community meeting room, free for non-profit organisations and community groups to hire, has been launched at the Lismore Library.

New doco explores ‘God molecule’ found in toads

Are you ready to explore the secrets of the universe through the use of the most powerful psychedelic known to humankind?

Knitting Nannas off to Canberra

The prolific anti-fossil fuel campaigners are to meet with Federal Energy and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen to raise concerns over Labor’s Future Gas Strategy.

Dutton doubles down on nuclear

Despite clear evidence that the Coalition's nuclear power policy is untenable, Peter Dutton and friends are sticking with this industrial-level distraction, forcing us all to talk about it instead of focusing on real solutions to Australia's energy needs.