Blue Mountains Councillor wears many hats
Councillor Searle is quoted in the Blue Mountains Gazette (24 May 2011) as stating that he has no intention of stepping down from his Council position and intends to see out his current term.
Furthermore, according to the Gazette, he intends to continue practising as a barrister while holding down both the Blue Mountains City Council and NSW Upper House roles.
Meanwhile at the state level, the Daily Telegraph (25 June 2011) reports that four state MPs who currently also hold local government positions will soon quit their Council roles.
The Mayors of Camden, Fairfield, Hawkesbury & Lake Macquarie all commented upon the stress of holding down two positions and the potential for conflicts of interest as their main reasons for resigning their Council roles.
The Telegraph reports that the Mayor of Bathurst is also considering a similar move, but notes that Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, also a state MP, will not be following suit.
Do you think that MP / Councillor Searle can, or should hold down both an Upper House and Blue Mountains City Council role while providing adequate representation at both levels?
Your comments are very welcome.