A MOVE to reverse the decision to relocate the Visitors Information Centre has been voted down by Gunnedah Shire Council.
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The council chambers were packed for the extraordinary meeting to address the issue yesterday.
The meeting was attended by all councillors, with the rescission motion supported by Councillors Colleen Fuller, Gwen Griffen, David Quince and Tim Duddy.
Councillors Owen Hasler, Gae Swain, Rebecca Ryan, Hans Allgayer and Steve Smith voted not to revisit the information centre decision.
Cr Smith had originally voted for the centre not to be moved from its existing location to the Mooki Room in the Civic Centre. But yesterday, he told the council that once a decision had been made by council, it should stay made.
The original vote had included only eight councillors, with Cr Duddy absent. Mayor Owen Hasler had used his casting vote to break a four-all vote in favour of moving the centre.
In a last ditch effort to have the decision reversed, Cr Fuller yesterday called on the council to take the route of more signage for the existing centre and give it a try until the new overpass was completed.
Councillors Griffen, Quince and Duddy voiced their support, leading to audible excitement in the public gallery that the rescission motion would be carried.
Cr Quince said there were provisions within the local government act where a community poll could make the final decision, but Cr Hasler said the council must vote on the rescission motion before them.
Cr Allgayer said he was “not particularly overjoyed” with the location of the Mooki Room, but “it would have to do in the short term”, causing comments from the gallery.
Cr Ryan said the decision had been made.
“Let’s move forward and let staff get on with the job,” she said.
Cr Smith, whose choice was the last unknown vote in the room, said council had already voted and made its decision.
“How many times do we have to revisit it?” he said. “I will be voting against it [the rescission motion].”
People in the public gallery moved out of the chambers, with Phillipa Murray saying they had been left “demoralised and gutted” by the decision.
“I can’t believe that the community’s concerns are being totally ignored,” she said.
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