|General manager Greg Winton, left, and |
mayor Ben Shaw discussing the voting
on the no-confidence motion.
The no-confidence motion was moved by local resident Darren Graham, who has been a vocal critic of the council's waste management practices. Former councillor Chris Lester seconded the motion.
Speaker Wayne Shoobridge said it appeared that some councillors had an agenda of not opening up the council but closing it, while Mr Graham said it was difficult to communicate with the council through locked doors in the council chambers.
|Members of the public voting for the no-confidence motion.|
The gallery erupted when mayor Ben Shaw declared that the motion had failed, 15 votes to 18, when five abstentions were added to the "no" vote. Cr Shaw said this was in accordance with Tasmania's Local Government Meeting Procedure Regulations, which counts abstentions as "no" votes.
Cr Shaw said after the meeting he was aware of the discontent with the council, some of which was historic rather than recent. "It's fantastic that the community can have their say [but] voting at an AGM doesn't actually affect the day-to-day running of a council," he said.
|Councillors and members of the public voting against the motion.|
Cr Shaw urged residents to engage with their councillors and to bring their concerns to question time at a council meeting to get them on the record. "Most of this group of councillors are new and I would urge the community to give them a go; let them put the changes in place that they said they wanted to do during their election campaigns."