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Not quite as it seams

The NSW Narrabri Shire Council have added insult to chemotherapy by removing Councillor Ann Loder on the grounds that she failed to attend three consecutive council meetings without taking approved leave.

This reportedly came as a surprise to Loder since the reason for absence was her treatment and surgery for breast cancer, about which the mayor and council had been advised.

In a statement to the local paper The Courier, the council explained that they had sought advice from the Office of Local Government (OLG) “regarding any available provisions for consideration of any extenuating circumstances. The advice to council from the OLG was that no such provisions exist within the act … Further advice from the OLG clearly articulated that the vacancy in civic office is automatic.”