Mayor Peta Pinson is seeking a ministerial meeting to discuss her concerns about the councillors' decision-making over the proposed orbital road.
Cr Pinson wrote to Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams on Thursday, July 18, requesting a meeting with Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock.
The mayor wants to raise concerns with the Minister about the elected council's decision-making over the proposed orbital road project, as well as other concerns.
A rescission motion about the orbital road project was lost at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's meeting on Wednesday, July 17.
The council will push ahead with a strategic business case for all Port Macquarie orbital road options despite vocal opposition from affected residents.
"I have very little confidence in the decision-making of the majority of the elected body," Cr Pinson said.
"I'm looking to achieve the Minister's ear and advice on improving the performance of the councillors.
"I want to make it clear this is about the elected body.
"The elected body is the framework that directs the general manager and his staff so good decision making flows down through to those working in the field and the quality of delivery."
Deputy mayor Lisa Intemann said she encourages the airing of any grievance.
"But as there is rarely just one side to the story, and bearing in mind that the mayor has already contacted the Minister without discussion with councillors, I have asked the general manager as to how other councillors can also convey their opinions and any evidence to the Minister," she said.
Cr Sharon Griffiths said she would want to hope the discussion with the Minister leads to some positive outcome for the community and the removal of the community's angst.
Cr Rob Turner said the orbital road decision-making had been consistent with the agreed process.
"As far as I'm concerned, there's no issue with the decision-making process and I think it has been quite rigorous," he said.
I have no reservations with scrutiny being placed on the process we've been going through.Cr Peter Alley
Cr Peter Alley said the council had been following a process consistently over the proposed orbital road and the decisions had been consistent with that process.
"I have no reservations with scrutiny being placed on the process we've been going through," he said.
"I welcome the Minister for Local Government looking at the issue."
The Port Macquarie News also contacted councillors Geoff Hawkins, Mike Cusato, Justin Levido and Lee Dixon for comment.
The development of an orbital road strategic business case will involve further investigation and analysis to help provide a better understanding of the costs and benefits associated with options to address the traffic problem.
Environmental and social impacts will be considered.
The strategic business case will also examine planned traffic network improvements and upgrades to the existing road network including Lake Road and Ocean Drive.
Phil Lloyd from the Port Macquarie Better Orbital Options Alliance told the July council meeting that the June decision had consigned residents to two more years of uncertainty, stress and anguish.
The council has separated the airport access road from orbital road project investigations and will progress planning for a flood-free primary airport access road as a stand-alone priority.
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