Michael Lyon, The Pocket
In response to Paul Jones, you won’t be getting an apology from me. I asked whether it was you who posted a defamatory poster on the wall outside Santos in Jonson Street, implying corruption, precisely because of the way you tried to coerce me into changing my position on the bypass by threatening my federal campaign, as you admitted in your letter last week.
Not just my campaign, but the Greens’ movement at a critical time for our planet. It turns out it was the speaker following you at that Council meeting who posted it, Morgan Knoessen, admitting this during his speech and to me afterwards.
The bypass has been a contentious issue to be sure, and our local Greens group have left it with the Councillors to determine. We did this at the last meeting, after hearing that no species will be further endangered or go extinct and that the rail corridor alternative route is the same vegetation and wetland as the current approved route. Not that you read about these matters in The Echo, which failed to report them from the meeting.
I can handle criticism, it goes with the job, though it has to be said the editor of this paper has been very poor of late in his reporting, lack of balance and adherence to the facts. One classic example, in the tiny bit of federal election coverage that The Echo provided, he indicated to people that voting was optional preferential. Hans, it was compulsory preferential, you had to number all the boxes or the vote didn’t count.
The irony is, my falling out with Hans came shortly after I took on the acting mayor role when he was unhappy that my review of a local planning decision by staff, in which he had a personal interest, did not go his way. Since then it has resembled a vendetta. Perhaps wiser heads will review the last couple of months and institute corrective action, that’s what we do in Council or in business when something is terribly amiss.