Greater Taree City Council general manager Gerard Jose said staff are "bewildered" by the approach member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has taken to criticise the staff and the operations of the council in the media over the past few days.
In a statement to the Manning River Times, council said it has a very good working relationships with all government departments and has struck a number of close partnerships in recent months to deliver some key projects for the community, including advancement of the Northern Gateway and a solution to Old Bar Beach erosion.
It also said it is not at risk of losing any funding received for roads and bridges and are on track to deliver in accordance with funding agreements and our capital works program.
In receiving, delivering and acquitting grants, council deals with the state departments and not members of parliament and therefore council is unsure why Mr Bromhead has taken this approach to criticise staff and the operations of this council in the media this week.
"These are allegations only and it is always disappointing when we are distracted by such media attention as a result of false allegations," said general manager Gerard Jose .
"We are a transparent organisation open to respond to any questioning by members of the community and this has been our consistent message for some years now.
"Staff are professional in all their dealings with other government agencies.
"Administratively and operationally, senior officers of council work closely and collegially with senior officers in state and federal government agencies on a daily basis," said Mr Jose.
"Staff are bewildered that our local member has taken this approach to criticise staff and the operations of this council in the media over the past few days."
Continuing to advance progress with the Northern Gateway project, Mr Jose met with state representatives earlier in the month.
Further meetings are planned for the end of this month.
Meetings between Mr Jose , mayor Paul Hogan and the Economic Development Board Partnership Board, Manning Valley Business Chamber, and the NSW Department of Trade and Industry also took place this week.
"Council has already met with key staff of the NSW Department of Trade and Industry as part of the application process," said Mr Jose .
"There are further meetings planned.
"Our working relationship with state staff has been excellent, and all of our meetings and dealings with them have been very productive and are continuing."