HELEN Tickle has staved-off a challenge from Russell Webb to retain the role of deputy mayor, with a touch of luck on the incumbent’s side.
It was only luck-of-the-draw which kept Cr Webb from returning the role he served in for six years.
With the support of four votes apiece, the deadlock was resolve by a draw from a hat handing Cr Tickle the role for 12 more months.
Cr Charles Impey was absent from the meeting.
Glenn Inglis motioned for the ballot to be an open vote in the interest of “transparency and accountability”.
Juanita Wilson protested Cr Inglis’ motion and suggested it would lead to rifts within the council chamber.
“It serves no purpose but division,” she said.
The motion was defeated five votes to three, receiving support from Cr Inglis, Phil Betts and Cr Webb.