External review of Coastal Works voted down by council
A MOTION to invite the office of local government to investigate Coffs Harbour City Council’s commercial entity Coastal Works was voted down at Thursday’s council meeting.
Cr Sally Townley tabled the motion to determine if council’s commercial entity is operating in best practice.
Councillors were tied at the vote with Mayor Denise Knight using her casting vote to down the motion.
Coastal Works has faced criticism by peak body representing Australia’s civil construction industry, the Civil Contractors Federation, and Coffs Harbour Member Andrew Fraser over its operations.
A heated argument erupted between Cr Townley and general manager Steve McGrath over whether councillors were sufficiently informed prior to the establishment of Coastal Works.
Referring to council’s meeting practice, Cr Keith Rhoades said the ‘to-ing and fro-ing’ between the pair was detracting from the agenda.
Cr Rodney Degens later backed the general manager by recalling the briefings about Coastal Works.