STRAINED RELATIONSHIP: NOROC president Jenny Dowell gets a kicking from Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett.
STRAINED RELATIONSHIP: NOROC president Jenny Dowell gets a kicking from Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett.

Political deals in NOROC move?

ERNIE Bennett's less-than- unanimous push to give NOROC the flick in 12 months on the basis of Richmond Valley having "more in common with its southern neighbour" and the Frank Sinatra explanation ("they didn't do it my way") are hardly convincing arguments.

Mayor Ernie needs to provide an evidence-based case for going to the Clarence rather than insult us with the generic crap which inhabits his argument.

Ernie's mayoral report to the last meeting of council lacked substance and in many sections parroted word-for-word a report prepared for the Jacaranda council in February.

So who was the author of the "quit NOROC" report and what discussions have been going on between Richmond Valley and the Clarence out of the public view? What deals are being brokered?

Sounds and smells like the political pre-coital Casino-Richmond River Shire Council amalgamation all over again, which was secretive and eventually led to the creation of an unfortunate child, Richmond Valley, which has failed to thrive.

I don't remember Ernie standing for election last year on a "let's all go to Grafton and Kyogle" platform and I certainly don't remember him saying that he wanted uncapped rates, which he says he wants now.

No, there is another agenda operating here which has all the stench of a party-political deal going down.

Perhaps he might like to share the agenda with us, but not just yet?

There's the matter of lining up all the ducks and one of those is the despatching of Federal Labor. Then watch out.


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