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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Bob Hawkins

Letter to the Editor on Mayoral Legal Expenses Fund

I would like to sincerely thank all residents and ratepayers who contributed to the Mayoral Legal Expenses Fund. In particular, I would like to pay a special thanks to the trustees of the Fund. The trustees have now provided to me an important financial contribution towards meeting the legal costs of the Mayor in fulfilling his role and functions.

Huon Valley Council Insurer has also finalised a major contribution to the legal costs of the Mayor. The details of this settlement are confidential and the trustees were provided with detailed information to finalise the matter. I fully agreed with the Trustees on the amount of part payment of the Mayors legal costs and that the balance of the funds was to be provided to Huon Valley Ratepayers and Residents Association to improve the governance of the Huon Valley Council.

I wish to also convey my sincere thanks to all residents and ratepayers who supported my candidature for Mayor in October 2014 and all those people who have worked so hard to create a more open and transparent Council. The work of the Trustees and those who contributed to the Fund has enabled natural justice and procedural fairness to be applied to the role and functions of the Mayor.

The Board of Inquiry Report identified the need for Council to be more open and transparent. My election in October 2014 demonstrated that ratepayers also supported a more open and transparent Council. The Commissioner and the current management of Council have made significant and very good progress in this regard. I was personally very disappointed in the sacking of the Council by the Minister, but it was the only option for a dysfunctional Council, where some councillors were not prepared to work in a cooperative manner.

It is now up to the voters to elect new and fresh Councillors who will support the new management of Council and the very good ground work the Commissioner has put in place.

I do not intend to nominate for Council in the upcoming elections in October 2018. The long-term future of the Huon Valley Council in my view, will be best served by electing a new and fresh group of independent Councillors.


Peter Coad,

Deep Bay

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  1. Geoffrey Swan

    May 3, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Very pleased Peter Coad has finally received some reimbursement of his own hard earned dollars spent in his legal fight to defend himself and his integrity whilst working in a dysfunctional Council. This matter took far too long to resolve and there was no compensation for any financial hardship in the meantime, or for any impact on his family’s health in this whole sorry saga.

    Personally I am disappointed Peter Coad will not be standing again in the October 2018 elections, though I believe I may have an understanding of his decision in having endured such callous treatment from others.

    Had Peter Coad decided to stand again, then my vote, and that of many others was guaranteed for this fine and outstanding man who gave his all for the residents and ratepayers in the Huon Valley. Along with the outstanding efforts of Liz Smith and Ian Mackintosh, these three people worked very hard to bring some transparency and integrity back into the Huon Valley Council, only to be thwarted at every turn by other Councillors around the table. The community at large has little idea of the efforts of Mr Coad at the various Council meetings as very few attend the live Council meetings.

    Most alarming, in my view, is we are now only 5+ months out from the election, and already the old propaganda machine is back in action on Community radio HuonFM and in the local Huon Valley News.

    Wannabe Mayor and former Councillor, Mike Wilson, is again having yet another tilt at the top job after 15 years of being on Council. He has been joined by wannabe Deputy Mayor Sue Clark (a former Councillor in the past and the mother of former Councillor Ken Studley who resigned before Council was sacked, and who, in my understanding, is now working in Africa using skills gained whilst he served in the SAS).

    Radio jock Mick Newell has also put his hand up for Mayor in opposition to Mike Wilson (as he is telling one and all during his radio show on 7HOFM).

    Readers of TT may recall Mick Newell was instrumental in a shocking radio interview with the former Mayor Coad which ACMA investigated, but found no breach of code 1.1(a), (b) and (e) as reported in BI-194 https://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/ACMAi/Investigation-reports/Radio-investigations/2016-radio-investigations and maybe one day we will find out who leaked the confidential $54,000 Page Seager report which was apparently prepared, in just a 24 hour period, to radio jock Mick Newell.

    Thanks Peter, for your good service to our Community.

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