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Support for a united Latrobe City at Council Meeting
Latrobe City Council at Monday’s Council Meeting unanimously rejected a series of motions on a petition sponsored by the Traralgon Action Group
By Latrobe City Council - 9th November 2001 - Back to News
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Latrobe City Council at Monday’s Council Meeting unanimously rejected a series of motions on a petition sponsored by the Traralgon Action Group to sack Council and split Traralgon from the municipality. A motion of no confidence in the Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins, and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Tony Hanning by the Traralgon Action Group, were also rejected unanimously.
Councillor Jenkins said that the unanimity of Council’s rejection of the three most contentious motions was a demonstration of the growing maturity of the second Latrobe City elected Council.
"It also comes after expressions of support from the Local Government Minister and a commitment by Federal Labor to a Latrobe rescue package. The Federal announcement in particular, highlighted the recognition of local leadership as the key to success and the reason for their commitment.
"It would have been a real slap in the face if Council had had not been able to get its act together," Cr Jenkins said.
Councillor Jenkins said the four motions which were sponsored by the Traralgon Action Group under the Fair Play Campaign did not reflect the overwhelming views of the municipality’s population and Council was adamant in its opposition. "In matters of leadership and governance, Council has given both myself and my deputy their fullest support," Cr Jenkins said.
"While Council acknowledges there is community concern at a perceived loss of facilities in Traralgon, there are also concerns in other parts of the municipality that a self interest group is attempting to prevent the democratic process from prevailing.
"Council will continue to work towards providing its administrative presence from the centre of the municipality providing equitable access and cost saving benefits, while ensuring there will be no loss of service delivery in Traralgon," Cr Jenkins added.
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