JULIAN Fidge has defended his bid to be re-instated to council by means of a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal application.
The local doctor and former Rural City of Wangaratta councillor has tendered four arguments to VCAT that largely centre on local, state and federal laws mandating that councillors have to be “democratically elected”.
His application comes after the sudden death of Councillor Ruth Amery last year, which left an opening for a city ward councillor.
After a countback, that seat was filled by Ashlee Fitzpatrick.
Dr Fidge argues that the countback was lawfully inaccurate as it did not take into consideration the fact that he garnered some 75 per cent of votes from the 1971 ballot papers in the 2016 council election.