Council rebukes Mather
COUNCILLOR Glenda Mather may not have been sanctioned but she bore a barrage of vituperation as some Livingstone Shire councillors vented their frustrations at yesterday's general meeting.
Cr John Smith held off moving a motion to sanction outspoken Cr Mather over alleged infringements of the council's code of conduct.
He deferred the matter until the Local Government Department had reviewed the council's codes of conduct.
However, the next agenda item, concerning a procedural matter at the previous general meeting, opened the floodgates of councillors' annoyance at Cr Mather's conduct. "I don't understand why you wish to continually waste our precious time, the officers' precious time ? I've had enough,'' Cr Mary Carroll said.
Cr Brian Dorey agreed: "It's a waste of time,'' he said.
Cr Bill Ludwig said it was important for the council to work together "but some people seem to be opposition for opposition sake''.
Cr Mather defended her questioning of the council and found some support from Cr Vicki Bastin-Byrne.
Cr Mike Prior took exception to the release of frustrations. "How long are we going to sit here and listen to the gospel according to Billy?