Another twist in Cessnock Council case – ABC Newcastle NSW
Another twist in Cessnock Council case
Updated July 16, 2012 07:13:45
The feud between Cessnock council’s administration and its elected representatives has taken another twist with two Greens councillors now being pursued over costs for court action.
A Supreme Court case instigated by Mayor Alison Davey against seven councillors stemming from their attempts to sack General Manager Lea Rosser is on hold pending the outcome of an ICAC investigation.
Action against three others including Greens Councillors James Ryan and Chris Parker has been dropped, but the Council’s administration is seeking $16,000 court costs against the Greens for a separate Land and Environment court case.
That case stemmed from a failed bid to have Hunter Councils Chairman Martin Rush act as a legal representative for councillors in the Supreme Court.
Councillor Ryan says it is yet another waste of ratepayer’s money.
“Approximately $500,000 has been spent on these actions,” he said.
“It is a shocking waste of ratepayers money.”
Councillor Ryan says it is disturbing that the administration has ostracised the majority of its elected representatives.
“I don’t know of any comparable situation in Local Government in NSW,” he said.
“I’ve never heard of something like this.”
The case will be heard in court early next week.