Councillor ruled out of order on sacking query

COFFS Harbour City councillor Clive Joass got nowhere fast when he raised the issue of Kyme Lavelle at a Coffs Harbour City council meeting.

He wanted to know if the sacking of the council's assistant general manager and director of corporate services was a confidential matter.

Mayor Keith Rhoades stopped Cr Joass in his tracks by immediately ruling him out of order.

In Tuesday's Advocate, Cr Joass said he agreed with Cr Ian Hogbin that all councillors should be given detailed information on the reasons for Mr Lavelle's suspension and ultimate sacking.

"This information should include both the allegations and be substantiated with the proof by the general manager of his reasons for the sacking," he told the Advocate.

Cr Joass also wanted to know on Thursday if it was true that the national surf life saving titles, which were to be held at Boambee Beach from 2010 to 2012, had been "put off for two years".

He was also concerned the cost of staging the titles had increased by $900,000 to $6.4 million.

Council general manager Stephen Sawtell said a report was being prepared for the next council meeting, and that Cr Joass should not be discussing these figures in open council.

Also, Cr Joass wanted to know the legal fees the council would incur over the Coramba fuel contamination.

The remediation program was discussed in a subsequent confidential session of the council later that night.

When he asked about the "$1.4 million over budget" on the Hogbin Drive Extension, Cr Joass was told councillors had already been given a memorandum on this item.

When he asked about the funding of the Jetty Foreshores draft plan of management, Mr Sawtell told him it was a Department of Lands document.

Cr Joass said he was asking these questions to determine the effects on the council's draft budget.

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