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AltMedia: “Town Hall secrecy leads to distrust”

City of Sydney councillors now have so little faith in the Lord Mayor Clover Moore and her constituents, that they were led to believe a chain email claiming city buildings were up for sale had genuinely been endorsed by the Mayor.

The Mayor’s lack of transparency has been decried constantly by several councillors on a number of issues, from financial accountability to council’s refusal to live stream its meetings — coming to a head in June when the Deputy Lord Mayor, Kerryn Phelps stepped down from her position in the Clover Moore independent team, after claiming she was being stripped of duties and pushed further and further to the sidelines for questioning financial matters.

Though in her announcement she said she did not have any concerns about honesty, she said she could no longer tolerate the closed-door policy of the Mayor.

Arguments broke out at Monday’s council meeting over the four city buildings allegedly being put on the market for sale, after Independent Councillor Angela Vithoulkas moved a motion to launch an urgent full commission enquiry into the matter. Cr Vithoulkas took the email at face value and alleged the sale of the buildings was a breach of conduct by the council.

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