Fawcett returns to council

FORMER mayor Jim Fawcett will return to South Gippsland Shire Council after winning – and accepting – a countback result yesterday (Monday).
He fills the vacancy left by former councillor Meg Edwards who cited bullying by other councillors as among the reasons for her departure.
Mr Fawcett won a second countback for the vacancy after Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, also a former councillor, declined to accept the role after he won the first countback last Wednesday. Mr Hutchinson-Brooks said he was unable to work with some of the councillors and business interests also precluded him from accepting.
Mr Fawcett, a Leongatha accountant, will represent Tarwin Valley ward and is the only Leongatha-based councillor.
“I just regret the circumstances of the countback but I will look to work constructively with the other councillors and get a better understanding of the issues facing council at the moment,” he said yesterday.
Mr Fawcett cited the redevelopment of Bair Street and the former railyards as among the major issues facing Leongatha now.
In a statement released on Friday, Mr Hutchinson-Brooks said he could not work with some councillors “for whom I have lost respect”.
“This, together with a full business schedule at present, means that I am unwilling and unable to take up the position of councillor with the present South Gippsland Shire Council at this point in time,” he said.
Mr Hutchinson-Brooks said former councillors Maxine Kiel and Meg Edwards and were subject to poor behaviour from other councillors in the council chamber and elsewhere.
“This denigration and manipulation to community groups (for which I have documentary evidence) is the mark of cowardly behaviour by people who demonstrate a lack of maturity,” he said.
“Unfortunately, it is these individuals who are incapable of understanding the effect on others of their arrogant, egotistical behaviour and self interest.”
Mr Hutchinson-Brooks said he believed the council should be dismissed and was ineffective.
Mr Fawcett could be sworn in as a councillor as early as tomorrow (Wednesday).

Making a return: Jim Fawcett, a former mayor and experienced councillor, has taken up the chance to return to South Gippsland Shire Council.

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