A sorry chapter now closed for Cr Cowling
COFFS Harbour councillor Nan Cowling has been forced to apologise to her fellow councillors for a breach of the council's code of conduct.
On Thursday the councillors went into closed session to debate a final report into a code of conduct investigation against Cr Cowling, which related to remarks she made during an ABC local radio interview on December 19 last year.
Cr Cowling, who was a member of the panel, said she believed the pay rise was unjustified given the financial performance of the council and the salary paid to the general manager.
The other panel members were mayor Denise Knight, deputy mayor Sally Townley and Cr Rhoades.
On Thursday Cr Bob Palmer, seconded by Cr Garry Innes, moved that the councillors adopt the report and the recommendations made by the code of conduct investigator.
These required Cr Cowling to apologise unreservedly to the councillors and to publicly accept that she had made improper and unethical statements which were untrue or had been made recklessly without ensuring that they were true or not, during the ABC Mid North Coast radio interview.
Cr Cowling did so during the closed session of council and said yesterday that the matter had dragged on for nine months and that she now wanted to 'let sleeping dogs lie.'