Councillor resigns



Former Naremburn Ward councillor Stuart Coppock has resigned from Willoughby City Council. 

Mr Coppock served as a councillor in Willoughby for more than 20 years, holding the position of deputy mayor multiple times.

He also represented Council on several committees over such time, including the environmental management committee; the heritage advisory committee; the Bicentennial Reserve and Flat Rock Gully committee; the cultural events committee; the natural heritage and bushland advisory committee; and the audit committee. 

Mr Coppock has served as a representative on the Dougherty Centre’s board for a number of years, and in 2020 was awarded the Local Government New South Wales Merit Award in acknowledgement of his service and contribution. 

His departure follows the councillor being subject to a code of conduct investigation by the State Government last year, which saw his wages suspended.

Mr Coppock also previously claimed in 2018 that senior management at Council had tried to ‘force him out’. 

In a mayoral minute to Council about his leaving, Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said she ‘extended to him her best wishes in the future’. 

Stephanie Aikins, News Editor, North Shore Living Magazine

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