IT was a case of one step forward, two steps back at Monday night’s Rural City of Wangaratta council meeting.
Councillors adopted a new code of conduct, but not before an ugly exchange between Mayor Rozi Parisotto and maverick Councillor Julian Fidge.
The exchange, which came to a head when Cr Fidge refused to sit down at the order of the mayor, was clearly the worst display of this council in the public arena.
When Cr Fidge refused to sit down, councillors adjourned to an adjoining room for 10 minutes to thrash out their differences and raised voices were clearly audible to the council officers and five or six residents sitting in the public gallery.
After the yelling match councillors re-emerged and Cr Fidge continued his speech but steered away from the elements that prompted the mayor to ask him to take a seat.
Three of his fellow councillors then delivered thinly veiled speeches, essentially saying it’s no use having a code of conduct if all seven councillors don’t abide by it.
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