Our city is on the map for all the wrong reasons

The Deputy and the Mayor ... Cr Ian Hogbin and Cr Keith Rhoades have both expressed their disappoval of Andrew Fraser?s behavio
The Deputy and the Mayor ... Cr Ian Hogbin and Cr Keith Rhoades have both expressed their disappoval of Andrew Fraser?s behavio

"PUTTING Coffs Harbour on the map for all the wrong reasons," was Cr Ian Hogbin's description of Andrew Fraser's headline-grabbing performance in the NSW Parliament on this week.

The comments by Coffs Harbour's deputy mayor echo remarks made on Wednesday by the mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades.

Cr Hogbin said he wanted to put on record the fact he did not accept the National Party MP's behaviour in manhandling Roads Minister Joe Tripodi in Parliament after the minister had needled Mr Fraser about Pacific Highway issues.

"It is very disappointing that Coffs Harbour is back in the news again and I want to put on record that I don't accept the member's behaviour," Cr Hogbin said,

While Cr Hogbin said he agreed with Mr Fraser's message, he said he objected to its delivery.

"In our society violence is not accepted as a means to achieve outcomes," he said .

"The delivery of the message was totally unacceptable.

"We promote Coffs Harbour as a most liveable city ? a great place to work and play and our elected representative is in the newspaper for all the wrong reasons."

Cr Hogbin said in spite of the high-profile actions, Mr Fraser's tactics had not delivered an outcome, whereas the councillors' efforts to negotiate with the State Government in recent months had resulted in improvements.

Yesterday, local ALP leaders joined the chorus of diapproval.

ALP Electoral Council president David Kennedy said Mr Fraser's assault was 'shocking and unprecedented' and his larrikinism impeded the political decision-making process.

Graham Ashton, the president of the Woolgoolga branch of the ALP, said Mr Fraser had demonstrated his inability to properly represent the people of Coffs Harbour.

n At Thursday's Nambucca Shire Council meeting during questions without notice, Cr Chris Waller moved a motion of support for Mr Fraser. "There have been so many lies about our roads and Mr Tripodi was saying Fraser wouldn't meet him, without knowing the facts," Cr Waller said.

Cr Paula Flack said she could understand Mr Fraser's frustration but she could not condone violence in Parliament.

The motion was lost.

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