Mayor given power to hire and fire WBW board without vote

WIDE Bay Water's former chairman Danny Mattsson has condemned a delegation of power that allowed Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell to sack him without requiring a vote from other councillors.

Mr Mattsson was overseas when Cr O'Connell fired him and WBW deputy chair Raymond Tatnell on Friday.

It came after the board publicly spoke out against the council's attempt to take back control of Wide Bay Water and informed the council it would disobey council directions.

Mr Mattsson questioned the legality of the sackings.

He said councillors should have been given 48 hours notice for a meeting to move a resolution on sacking the two men.

"We were appointed by a full council," he said.

On Monday, Cr O'Connell confirmed he did not have to call a special meeting after councillors signed a resolution in November that gave the mayor the power to hire and fire members of the WBW board.

"You don't make these decisions lightly," he said.

Cr Stuart Taylor said a briefing with available councillors was held early on Friday to discuss the decision.

"He (Cr O'Connell) is very consultative in the way he leads," he said.

Mr Mattsson said he would continue to fight the council's continued attempt to take control of WBW.

"They (the council) just continue to throw money down the drain." he said.

"They're looking at taking the core of the business and plonking it in Tavistock St."

He said the instability had a major effect on WBW staff, including some who staff that have had to go on stress leave.

Mr Mattsson said he would still appear as guest speaker at the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce breakfast on July 31.

Former chairman of Wide Bay Water Danny Mattsson.
Former chairman of Wide Bay Water Danny Mattsson. Alistair Brightman


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