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Mayor 'no confidence' move wasn’t me, says Light

COUNCILLOR Rolf Light has denied he ever sought information about what it would mean to declare no confidence in Mayor Gerard O'Connell.

Reports have emerged that Cr Light had asked about what a no confidence situation would do to the operation of the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

In yesterday's council meeting at Tavistock St, Cr Stuart Taylor asked the chamber to condemn the comments.

Cr Taylor, a strong backer of the mayor said there was no legislative basis for the comments or the no confidence motion.

He described the no confidence vote as being "designed to destabilise good governance and create uncertainty within the Fraser Coast community".

When asked by the Chronicle yesterday if he had even sought information about ousting the mayor, Cr Light said "no".

"No - well I might know who did it," he said.

"If we were going to do it we would have done it by now anyway.

"It is time to move on - we're paid to be leaders."

Maverick Maryborough councillor Chris Loft, who is a strong ally of Cr Light, said he wasn't the one who asked Local Government Minister David Crisafulli about a no confidence situation.

"No I didn't go to Crisafulli about that," he said.

But when asked if he had ever spoken about what voting out the mayor would do, Cr Loft was more open.

"When things come up you do chat about these things," he said.

"It's information I've gathered over time- but I've certainly not gone to Minister Crisafulli."

Cr Loft said there were still some big decisions that needed to be made by a united council.

"Plenty of changes need to come, FCO needs to be functioning better.

"Let's have some robust heart-to-heart discussions," he said.

Councillor for the arts Phil Truscott was critical of the "rubbish" talk by some councillors .

"The community does not expect us to act like children," he said in the chamber.

Topics:  fraser coast regional council, gerard o'connell, rolf light




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