George Town mayor remains defiant

GEORGE Town Mayor Roger Broomhall will not back down from his position, despite facing a vote of no confidence at the council's annual meeting on Monday.

The vote was passed by an over-full public gallery along with a vote of no confidence in general manager Stephen Brown and councillors - with apologies to Deputy Mayor Bridget Archer and Cr Tim Cory.

Cr Broomhall yesterday said he had been expecting the vote, which would be discussed at the council's meeting on December 19.

"I gathered there was some unrest within the community and unfortunately most of the people were there last night," he said.

"As far as I'm concerned, I will continue to try and make a difference for the community ... there's still a lot that I've got to do in the area."

Local Government Association of Tasmania chief executive officer Allan Garcia said the council did not have to accept the vote.

"It's disappointing to see a community so upset with its council and there being seemingly no resolution for the problems before them," Mr Garcia said.

"At the end of the day, the members were elected by the broader community and, ideally, in that process it's taken into account the interest of everybody else."

Mr Garcia said it was up to Local Government director Matt Healey to decide whether intervention was required.Mr Healey was unavailable for comment last night.

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