The Mayor of the Gold Coast has joined the Prime Minister in his criticism of the Byron Bay Council.
The northern New South Wales local government has copped flak over their decision to move a traditional Australia Day event to January 25.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the date change “indulgent self-loathing” and said it won’t make Australia stronger.
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Mayor Tom Tate added to this saying it creates division in the community.
“My attitude is this, things that happened in the past, yes we acknowledge that,” he said.
“But I look forward to the future and I want Australia Day to be the day that unites everyone.
“It doesn’t matter what colour or nationally you are, or if you’re an indigenous person, I love you all.”
Despite these comments, Cr Tate did question the thinking and the brain power of the Byron Bay Council.
“When you go south of the border you have less of an IQ,” he joked.
“There’s a lot more you can do for a community than tinkering with the Australia Day date.
“Ratepayers have a high expectation for community leaders… you put your community first and you serve them, that’s really the role of local government.”