Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Councillors Squabble over Mayoralty Term

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Councillors Squabble over Mayoralty Term

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Byline: Nikki Todd Nikki.Todd@tweeddailynews.com.au

TWEED Shire Councillors are at it again, arguing over who will be mayor for the remaining weeks of the current term.

Under current legislation, a mayor must be elected by sitting councillors every September. While most councils will elect their new mayor after the upcoming Local Government election on September 10, the Tweed's situation has been complicated by the rescheduling of the poll to October 29 following the death of a candidate.

That means the term of current Mayor Katie Milne will expire on September 15 - just six weeks out from the poll - necessitating a new election. In a last minute motion at Thursday's council meeting, Cr Milne proposed the existing leadership of herself and Deputy Mayor Gary Bagnall remain to see out the term.

"It seemed so absurd and such a waste in administrative costs to change over mayors just to be a mayor for six weeks," Cr Milne said.

"There is another provision in the Act that says if we fail to appoint a mayor the NSW Governor may appoint a mayor from one of the councillors. …

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