The E (election) word was apparently off the table in Council's Ordinary meeting today with the Mayor making it clear from the start during Public Forum that there was to be no mention of the State Election and the only thing to be discussed was what was on the agenda. Katheryn Maxwell was pulled up for advising the councillors and gallery that two candidates for Bega would be sending the Rural Lands Strategy document back for further considerations. Councillor Jack Tait raised a point of order which saw the Mayor advise Ms Maxwell to stick to the subject of the carbon audit. When it came time for Councillor McGinlay to talk on his Carbon Audit Question on Notice an adjacent councillor interjected (off microphone) inferring that McGinlay's Question on Notice had State election overtures. A point of order was raised where that councillor was told to refrain unless he actually had a point of order on the issue. The next mention of the E word was via a very pointed Dorothy Dix question from Councillor Lindsay brown to the Mayor seeking an update on what transpired in a meeting on Friday. While the Mayor did respond she also imparted news of what a particular State person would do ... if reelected. What the Mayor said is not written here because it was not relevant to the agenda being a comment on what a candidate might or might not do if elected.
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