Keith Rhoades.
Keith Rhoades.

Greens annoyed Coffs mayor keeps key position

KNOWN for his interest in development, Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Keith Rhoades has retained chairmanship of the council's standing committee on Land Use, Health and Development and appointed the Deputy Mayor, Cr Bill Palmer as his deputy chairman.

His assumption of the role has upset new Greens city councillor Mark Graham, who said he had been interested in contesting the position and questioned the Mayor's motives.

“I am very disappointed the Mayor exercised his right to retain that position,” Cr Graham said.

“I felt I could have brought a lot of experience ... as planning is one of my fields.”

The mayor is entitled to take chairmanship of each committee of the council but has retained only one. Cr Palmer was selected as the Chairman of City Services, with Cr John Arkan as his Deputy.

Cr Jennifer Bonfield was elected as the Chairwoman of the Corporate Business committee, nominated by Cr Palmer, seconded by Cr Knight.

A 5-4 vote saw Cr Bonfield defeat a move by Cr Hines, seconded by Cr Degens to put Cr Paul Templeton forward for the job.



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