Motion thrown out

NO APPEAL: Cabonne councillor Michael Hayes opposed more court action.

NO APPEAL: Cabonne councillor Michael Hayes opposed more court action.

A RESCISSION motion allowing Cabonne Council to accept amalgamation with Orange and Blayney councils has narrowly failed in its second meeting in three days.

Councillors held an extraordinary meeting on Thursday to overturn Tuesday’s decision to lodge a notice of intention to appeal against the NSW Land and Environment Court finding, before the Friday noon deadline.

Deputy mayor Lachie MacSmith and councillors Michael Hayes and Geoff Dean moved the motion, supported by councillors Greg Treavors and Janelle Culverson.

But they lost six councillors to five against mayor Ian Gosper and councillors Marlene Nash, Sharon Wilcox, Anthony Durkin, Kevin Walker and Ian Davison.

Local Government Minister Paul Toole has agreed not to take any further action on a merger until a ruling is handed down on the Supreme Court appeal by Woollahra Council, which Cabonne Council believes will have a critical bearing on whether it ultimately appeals.

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