Nicholson slams committee hoggers

THE routine appointment of councillors to various committees took a bizarre turn at last week’s Derwent Valley Council meeting. Thursday night’s meeting was the first since last month’s election and the agenda featured several procedural items including the meeting roster for the next year and the appointment of representatives to special committees and outside organisations.

After several councillors had put their names forward to continue on various committees, newly-returned Cr Tony Nicholson voiced his objection to councillors seeking to “hold on” to their committees. “Appointment to special committees is not a sinecure,” Cr Nicholson said, suggesting that some councillors may view committee representation as a long-term arrangement.

Cr Judy Bromfield refuted Cr Nicholson’s assertion and Cr Damian Bester pointed out that the mayor had said a ballot would be held if there were multiple nominations for any committees.

Having had his say, Cr Nicholson put his name forward for several committees including the Historical Information Centre Special Committee, of which he is already the chairman. Cr Nicholson has been a member of the Historical Information Centre for more than 20 years and was the council representative at the time of losing his seat two years ago.

Excerpt from 2007 council minutes

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