One writer thinks so.
DAVID CAIRNS: Mayor Darryn Lyons drops another awkward
DAVID CAIRNS GEELONG
ADVERTISER OCTOBER 07, 2014 8:44AM
OUTSPOKEN Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons appears to
be on an unrelenting roll of PR disasters. Spluttering from one hiccup to the next, right now our mayor looks
like the star of an AAMI ad. Cr Lyons’ recent misfires include:
CAMPAIGNING for the Yarra St pier as the city’s No. 1
funding priority without the support of his council;
CALLING for an increased speed limit on the Princes Freeway
despite opposition from police, the TAC, the Government and in the face of a
contradictory statement from his own council;
HIS apparent affection for being photographed in the mayoral robes
and referring to himself in the third person and;
To that spectacular list we now add a detective dismissing Cr Lyons’ claims that he was
the target of a petrol bomb attack on his Home House nightclub a couple of
It’s an extraordinary development that a mayor of Geelong would go
public with these accusations without having the backing of the police. Just
What was he thinking? Surely, a man of his experience in the media would know that
without that crucial support he would quickly look, at best, an amateur. And at
worst? Well, you decide.
The celebrity culture that Cr Lyons once serviced through his
paparazzi empire would have you believe that no publicity is bad publicity.
Perhaps that is the mantra for our flamboyant mayor. But while that might be OK
for him, does it make it right for Geelong? Does his poor judgment make for a
poor reflection on the city? Right now there is a case that it does.
His public utterances are becoming more and more cringe-worthy. If
his aim is to use his profile to put the city on the map, it might be working …
but for the wrong result. If there is another strategy at play behind the
scenes, it is hard to see what it is. It seems more likely that these very
public misfires are a result of Cr Lyons shooting from the hip, or, more
accurately, the lip. There is no PR strategy. There is no collective approach.
There is only Darryn. One wonders where it will end.