The Mayor of Griffith says he is not being vindictive in responding to complaints about a councillor’s meeting attendance.
Former mayor Dino Zappacosta is under scrutiny by the Department of Local Government after he recently missed two meetings and was late for another.
Cr Zappacosta says he has been busy with the harvest and that meeting times have changed.
He says he arrived late and that he apologised.
Mayor Mike Neville says people have questioned the councillor’s record of attendance so he wrote to all councillors recently to warn them.
Cr Neville says he did not report the matter to the Department of Local Government, but council staff have been asked to investigate the councillor’s rights.
“If he’s found to be short by the department well there’s no case to answer, he’ll be disqualified,” he said.
“Councillors are aware of Cr Zappacosta’s requirements in relation to the vintage.
“He’s a winemaker and we understand that but simply had he put an application in for leave we wouldn’t be having this debate.
“If in fact, it’s not a problem, let’s just get on with the business and it’s certainly not a matter of vindictiveness.
“The issue isn’t really about a witch-hunt to get Cr Zappacosta. I guess he may well take that to be seen that way, but I guess … unfortunately if you put yourself into the spotlight, people are going to look.”