Aldermen clear the air

Launceston City Council manager Chris Brooks, who called the meeting, said aldermen discussed matters raised during the past week.
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Mr Brooks could not be contacted but the council released a statement saying Mayor Janie Dickenson, aldermen and Mr Brooks believed the meeting was beneficial.

It is believed topics discussed included Ald. Dickenson’s performance as the council’s representative on the regional body Northern Tasmania Development.

Some aldermen said they were unhappy that she abstained last week on an NTD vote supporting the pulp mill proposal. The council had previously voted to support the mill proposal.

Others were concerned that public statements by aldermen in the past week could be misinterpreted and harm the council’s image.

One participant said it was “quite a good meeting” and it helped to clear the air.

The NTD board, apparently including Ald. Dickenson, met on Thursday.

The group will make an announcement on Monday but no one would elaborate yesterday.

Both aldermen Ivan Dean and Margot Smart have written critical memos to Mr Brooks and other aldermen in the past fortnight.

Ald. Dean said he was concerned about damage to the council caused by fallout after Mr Brooks denied aldermen access to a planning report, and also listed other concerns.

“I look forward to further discussions on this matter, knowing they will be robust, but hopefully with a position of circumventing similar disasters,” he wrote.

Ald. Smart said she found it difficult to arrange meetings with Mr Brooks and “I have long – and often – called for meetings of this nature”.

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