No-confidence vote scrapped

THE majority of motions passed by the community at George Town Council's annual meeting last month have been pushed by the wayside.

At its ordinary meeting yesterday, councillors voted to essentially disregard three out of four motions.

Cr Heather Barwick moved a recommendation that no further action be taken on two motions, which were a vote of no-confidence in Mayor Roger Broomhall and general manager Stephen Brown, and a call for an independent forensic audit into the financial affairs and sustainability of the municipality.

Deputy Mayor Bridget Archer voted against both recommendations, with Cr Tim Cory also voting against the latter.

Cr Archer said that she did not necessarily vote against throwing out the no-confidence motion, but she said that it had become evident in the past couple of years that there was a lack of connection between the council and the community.

She said that it was important to listen to the community and work on fixing that disconnect.

Cr Archer and Cr Cory also voted against a recommendation moved by Cr George O'Sign to note resolutions voted on regarding the hub development for Regent Square.

The only motion that was upheld was an expression of support for acting general manager Dino De Paoli, who stepped into the role after Mr Brown was stood down pending workplace allegations last month.

A rejection of the motion, put forward by Cr Barwick, was voted down, but Cr Archer raised a foreshadowed motion of the council's support of Mr De Paoli.

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