Meeting expressed lack of confidence in mayor

Cr Ben Shaw.

LAST night’s Derwent Valley Council annual general meeting resulted in the majority of voters present backing a motion of no-confidence in mayor Ben Shaw, ABC News has reported today.

The motion put by former general manager Stephen Mackey was one of a number considered at the annual meeting, which lasted about two hours. This was followed by the monthly meeting and a closed meeting.

The ABC reports that a majority of community members at the meeting supported the motion of no-confidence, but the councillors present chose to vote against the motion or abstain.

Cr Shaw told the ABC he was elected by the public. “I represent the people that voted for me, and that was a majority of people that voted for me to be the mayor, and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”

All the motions approved at the annual general meeting will be referred back to councillors at the next monthly meeting for their consideration.

The New Norfolk News will provide a comprehensive report of the meeting based on the official audio recording when it becomes available.

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