Resignation to escape a ‘toxic’ council

FOCUSING ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT: Cr Lisa McInerney (inset) after being re-elected in October to council, and (above) with three year old son Harrison yesterday. She said her resignation from Rural City of Wangaratta council was important for her health and the wellbeing of her family. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

Lisa McInerney enjoyed her first decent sleep for the year on Tuesday night, after she had handed in her resignation as a Rural City of Wangaratta councillor.

The 33 year old mother of two, who took three weeks’ stress leave from her role in February, said the physical and emotional toll of regular personal attacks in the “toxic” council environment meant her decision was the only one.

She said she had lost 15kg since January, experienced sleeping difficulties and digestive problems, and had been “really low”.

“I’m a strong woman… but it was scary – I no longer recognised the person I was,” she told the Wangaratta Chronicle.

“I lost a lot of weight, I had bags under my eyes, and in all aspects of life, I haven’t been as happy.”

Two meetings last week were the catalyst for her decision to leave council, and Ms McInerney said she felt enormous relief after tendering her resignation to Mayor Rozi Parisotto on Tuesday.

She said she was not surprised that her announcement came on the same day a number of senior council staff members took up sick leave.

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