You could be forgiven for thinking you were at a capital trial instead of a council meeting at the Albury council chambers tonight.
The mood was tense, the anmity almost palpable.
All that was missing was a black cap on Mayor Stuart Baker’s head, and of course, a gallows.
The one item for the agenda was a mayoral minuite delivered by Stuart Baker relating to allegations of an alleged breech of council code of conduct in which he described employees of council as being “decietful and dishonest in their dealings with the public in relation to the development application process in respect of the part of Fromholz park, South Albury for a child care centre”.
In a vote seven to one against, the council upheld that a breech of the code of conduct was committed by Cr. Wareham.
Arthur Fraunfelder mysteriously failed to materialise to vote either for or against Cr. Wareham on whose ticket he was elected, and did not register an apology
Cr. Wareham’s right of reply was greeted with rolling eyes and incredulous groaning by Cr. Duncan-Strelec (who at times appeared to be doing the fifty yard stare) and a stern warning by Mayor Stuart Baker as to relevance but fervent applause by the half dozen or so of his supporters within the public gallery.
Kevan Porter also siezed the opportunity to throw a powder keg onto Paul Wareham’s apparently sinking ship.
While Cr. Wareham and his supporters put on a brave front for the camera and fielded questions from the assembled media, among council ranks however, Cr. Wareham must have felt decidedly friendless.