Wentworth resident Keith Moore shows his invitation to address Wentworth Shire Council in front of the Wentworth Sporting Complex house. Picture: Louise DongesWENTWORTH resident Keith Moore claims the Wentworth Shire Council is stifling public opinion after he refused general manager Peter Kozlowski’s invitation to address council before the October meeting.
“The reason I don’t like it is because it keeps the public from knowing their response – they keep the matters inside the house and out of the public forum,” Mr Moore said.
He wants to see the council answer questions during a council meeting in response to questions submitted to them beforehand to ensure transparency and accountability.
In a letter to the general manager dated September 19, Mr Moore said he walked out of the August meeting when another member of the public was allowed to speak in open council.
“For the first time in attending meetings for 20 years I walked out in disgust,” Mr Moore’s letter stated.
“After a long period of time when I have not been allowed to speak at council meetings … in August one part of a property dispute was allowed time to talk at length on a subject that should never have gone to a meeting and should never have been allowed to continue.”
Mr Kozlowski refuted Mr Moore’s claim that he has not been allowed to speak at council meetings and said it was council practice to consider questions from the public before a meeting when all councillors were in attendance.
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