Legal advice on Cessnock panel appointment

CESSNOCK councillor James Ryan wants to obtain legal advice on whether Planning Minister Tony Kelly acted in a "reasonable and lawful" manner in appointing a planning panel to Cessnock City Council.

Cr Ryan will ask councillors at a meeting on Wednesday night to support his notice of motion to obtain legal opinion and that the legal advice and a covering report from the general manager be presented to councillors as soon as possible.

Cr Ryan said a minister was obliged to take into account any report or investigation by the Department of Local Government.

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