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Suspended Councilor Challenges Mayor: ‘Man Up, Mr. Mayor’ Amidst Misinformation Claims

The ongoing saga surrounding Suspended Councilor Ian Olsen has intensified amidst allegations of misinformation within the council. In a candid video by CR Olsen, Olsen accused councilors Cr Grine and Cr Hawkins of spreading misinformation at town hall meeting organised by opponents of the Wollombi Rd upgrade, raising concerns about transparency and factual accuracy within the council.

Olsen’s impassioned plea for the mayor to “man up Mr Mayor and face the music” and hold a town hall style meeting to clear up any misinformation. This clash has deepened the controversy surrounding Olsen’s suspension with some saying its a political witch hunt.

In response, Olsen reaffirmed his commitment to transparency and invited scrutiny of his statements. He stressed the importance of open dialogue and public accountability in addressing community concerns, echoing broader calls for transparency within the council.

MHV NEWS has requested to the Office of Local Government provide more transparency surrounding the allegations made by Cr Karren Jackson against Cr Ian Olsen which lead to his suspension.

Meanwhile, Cessnock City Council has told MHV NEWS Council has taken proactive steps to address misinformation claims surrounding the Wollombi Road upgrade project. The council has extended the exhibition period for the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and organized comprehensive community information sessions to facilitate meaningful engagement.

Residents are urged to participate actively in these initiatives and attend the upcoming council meetings to voice their concerns and clear up any misinformation. The scheduled community meetings regarding the Wollombi Road upgrade project are as follows:

  • Cessnock Library: Wednesday, March 27, 2024, from 5 to 7pm
  • Cessnock Leagues Club: Wednesday, April 3, 2024, from 6 to 8pm
  • Paxton Pub: Monday, April 8, 2024, from 5 to 7pm
  • Bellbird Hotel: Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 10am to 12pm
  • Digital Town Hall via Facebook Live: Wednesday, April 17, 2024, from 4 to 5pm

You can view the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) at

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