Friday, 3 January 2014

Clarence Valley Council management's 2013 missteps follow it into the new year

Letter to the Editor in The Daily Examiner, 30 December 2013, Page 12:

Ranger out of range

It seems the position left vacant when the senior ranger was wrongfully dismissed by Clarence Valley Council is to be filled, but the position will now be based in Grafton instead of Maclean. It seems an odd decision given that the work load for the rangers is centred in the Lower Clarence and very much focuses on holidaymakers and tourists attracted to the Coast. There are a lot of questions begging answers from the council, but it seems even our elected councillors are being stonewalled. So who does the ratepayer go to for a response? "The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable." (James Madison.)

John Catesby

John Catesby is not letting go as he pens another letter (below) concerning Clarence Valley Council management’s expensive back down before the NSW Industrial Relations Commission in Smith v Clarence Valley Council, which was settled out of court presumably before any evidence was presented or argument heard.

Before that day at Murwillumbah Court House had ended rumour was circulating in legal circles that Smith was to be reinstated as a council employee.

This would mean that Clarence Valley Council will now be employing two persons in a similar salary range – with one new person to undertake senior ranger duties and the other to possibly twiddle his thumbs all day on full pay.

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