Pickering out of robes & into Supreme Court
BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN
Ryde City Council will have a new Mayor next Tuesday when Councillors meet to elect their leader for the next twelve months prior to the scheduled Local Government elections due next September.
However the next elections are dependent on the Baird State Government’s so-called Fit for the Future fiasco that is proposing Ryde be divided up into two different Mega-Councils.
The majority Liberal Party councillors have been divided on Mayor Pickering’s successor with what appears to be five factions within the six member Liberal caucus.
Apparently Clr Sarkis Yedelian has been overlooked again in preference to a re-run of his Armenian colleague Artin Etmekdjian with former mayor Clr Roy Maggio also ruled out.
Clr Craig Chung appears to be out of the popularity race with his fellow councillors and the latest recruit Clr Jane Stott is regarded as too new and inexperienced to be considered.
Labor is expected to nominate Independent Clr Denise Pendleton but she can only be guaranteed three votes with the remaining three Independent Councillors unlikely to offer any resistance.
The controversial retiring mayor self styled Lt Col W (Bill) Pickering (as he has gold lettering embossed on the Mayoral Honour Board!) will have his time occupied in the NSW Supreme Court defending a defamation action brought by former mayor and councillor Vic Tagg who claims he was defamed by an advertising pamphlet issued by mayor Pickering prior to last February’s East Ward Council by-election.