Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Cahill Frozen out; Angry Colleagues Send Maverick Councillor to Coventry over Pay Furore

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Cahill Frozen out; Angry Colleagues Send Maverick Councillor to Coventry over Pay Furore

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Byline: John Farmer john.farmer @thechronicle.com.au

TOOWOOMBA'S regional councillors have joined forces to isolate maverick councillor Bill Cahill over last week's pay rise furore.

Cr Cahill said he had not been spoken to by Mayor Peter Taylor or his fellow councillors since his decision to oppose the three per cent pay rise.

The Chronicle has been inundated with letters and text messages in support of Cr Cahill's stand and critical of the council's attempt to conceal the increase.

Cr Cahill said he was concerned the split and subsequent "silent treatment" could impact on the council's ability to function.

"It was a personal decision, as is pay for every councillor. It's just that emotion has interfered with the normal business of council," he said.

"Let's just get on with the business of council."

It is believed some councillors have decided to withdraw any support from Cr Cahill, the environmental and community portfolio leader, in a boardroom vote. …

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