COUNCIL CHAOS: Tension remains as code of conduct debated
UPDATE 11.20AM: Following this mornings protest the council meeting is now underway with tensions high as councillors discuss the code of conduct.
The motion was passed with six councillors voting in favour of amendments to Fraser Coast Regional Council's current code of conduct.
Councillor Rolf Light disagreed with the amendments saying it 'stifles democracy'.
"We have a councillor code of conduct...until i'm satisfied I can't support it," he said.
Councillors in favour of the amendments were Anne Maddern, Darren Everard, Stuart Taylor, David Lewis, George Seymour and Paul Truscott.
During the public participation time of the meeting, so many people filled the chambers that they were forced to stand.
UPDATE: Michael Weekes has launched a scathing attack on the council, citing examples of where protesters feel the council has failed the community.
Mr Weekes addressed the council meeting in Maryborough on Wednesday morning, with the sports precinct and Toogoom rockwall among the projects which he felt had been mishandled by the council.
"The council is destroying the reputation, the economy of the region," Mr Weekes said.
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Mr Weekes made specific mention of council CEO Lisa Desmond.
"We ask the CEO...resign immediately," he said, to which the crowd of protesters responded with applause.
Councillor George Seymour rebuffed Mr Weekes' criticism of the CEO.
"This is not a venue to criticise individual staff," Cr Seymour said.
EARLIER: DOZENS of protesters have been held up at the entrance of the Maryborough City Hall holding placards saying 'CEO MUST GO' as council chaos erupts.
The organiser of the protest Michael Weekes addressed the councillors at the meeting due to the late arrival of the mayor Chris Loft.
Mr Weekes said it was a disappointment that the mayor and CEO were not present at the meeting.
"Enough is a enough, we need to move on," Mr Weekes said.
More to come.