Strathfield Mayor Ok reported to be trying for run as Liberal in the Senate after tumultuous term

Strathfield Mayor Sang Ok, whose short tenure has seen changes to the council’s policy on amalgamation, the resignation of the general manager and closure the Strathfield Scene, is reportedly being backed by the Liberal Party for a tilt at the Senate.

News Ltd claims Cr Ok announced his intentions at a Liberal party meeting for Reid, attended by Federal MP Craig Laundy and other senior party members.

The report quotes Mr Laundy as welcoming the move and it goes on to say Cr Ok did not deny he would run, conceding that an announcement may follow “after some time”.

“I don’t know how you know that,” Cr Ok is reported to have told News Ltd. “I can’t comment at the moment — it is a party matter.”

Cr Ok’s reign as mayor has seen extraordinary scenes, late night meetings and even the police called to one extraordinary session.

Backed by Deputy Mayor Andrew Soulos, the Liberals have managed to effect significant changes to the council’s no-amalgamation stance – though retaining the wording of the council’s position against forced amalgamation.

Mergers are backed by the Liberal State Government.

Many asked why the former lobbyist took his stance  – particularly since many of the meetings saw residents openly opposed to the changes.

At one point, a secret report claimed staff had been forced to attend so many late night extraordinary meetings they needed extended leave.

Mr Ok worked for First State Advisors and Consultants, the lobby group run by Liberal power broker Joe Tannous, before quiting once he became a councillor to avoid conflicts of interest.


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