From the Tweed Daily News:
'Lame duck' mayor loses peer support
Peter Caton | 3rd July 2009
TWEED Mayor Joan van Lieshout's job is now in jeopardy as other councillors rally behind general manager Mike Rayner over his support for the controversial world championship car rally in September.
The moves come in the wake of revelations of a power struggle involving the mayor and Mr Rayner.
Several councillors yesterday slammed Cr van Lieshout for publicly revealing she wanted Mr Rayner to step down from his extra role on the board of Rally Australia and are furious she has tried to sideline him.
Cr van Lieshout revealed earlier this week that although she had failed to convince Mr Rayner to resign from the Rally Australia board she had reached agreement with rally organisers to hold any future negotiations with elected councillors.
Cr Phil Youngblutt said the mayor's “time is nearly up” with councillors due to hold their annual vote choosing a mayor in September.
“If that's what she has done, she's overstepped the mark,” Cr Youngblutt said.
“It's only eight to ten weeks before there's an election.
“Things will be rectified then. As far as a mayor, Joan is a dead loss.
“As far as the general manager is concerned with the Repco Rally, he hasn't done anything wrong. He has done a bloody good job.”