What began as a cordial ordinary meeting of the Shoalhaven City Council last night, one motion, to choose five delegates to send to the local government conference had councillors up in arms.
What caused controversy was Cr Mitchell Pakes amendment to a motion, that was carried, which would exclude Mayor Amanda Findley from being one of the five delegates at the annual conference held by Local Government NSW.
Cr Findley told the meeting she was "seriously offended" at Cr Pakes motion and later said the community would find it distasteful.
"As the popularly elected mayor of the city, I find this political manoeuvring disrespectful to the position of the Mayor and believe that the people of our city would find it distasteful," Cr Findley said.
"I am surprised by this conduct as it occurs frequently when certain councillors have their personal agendas and not the community interest at heart.
"Instead of trying to foster good and collaborative relationships by having a voting delegation that represents the people of the city, Cr Pakes has made it very clear that he is uninterested in respectful and productive relationships.
"We need our city to evolve with good ideas and a people driven agenda not the revolving door of yesterdays ideas."
The Local Government NSW Annual Conference is an event where councils across the state come together to discuss policy and also elect the president and executive members of Local Government NSW.
Cr Annette Alldrick originally proposed Crs Pakes, White and Wells and herself as council delegates, along with the Mayor Cr Findley.
But Cr Pakes instead proposed that himself along with Crs Gash, White, Kitchener and Wells be selected as delegates.
Cr Pakes' motion was soon amended to remove Cr Kitchener and add Cr Alldrick to the amendment.
The motion was narrowly carried.
For: Crs Gash, Wells, White, Pakes, Watson and Proudfoot.
Against: Crs Findley, Gartner, Digiglio, Alldrick and Level
Both Crs Kitchener and Guile were absent.
Cr Pakes has been contacted for comment.