DEPUTY mayor Helen Tickle accused Russell Webb of making a political attack on Mark Rodda following his request for funding for personal media training.
Cr Rodda sought approval from council to undertake a professional media development course in Sydney.
Cr Webb tried to add an amendment to the motion calling on the general manager to seek media training for all of the councillors, with the stipulation it was to be carried out in Tamworth.
“I think we can get a lot better outcome for the community and demonstrate we’re a lot more fiscally responsible than people think we are,” he said.
Cr Tickle labled the move a politically motivated attack on Cr Rodda and noted there was no media, council debate or business chamber comment on Cr Inglis’ request to attend the Australian Governance Summit.
“Cr Rodda is the subject of an attack which I think is political,” she said.
“I'm not supporting it and question the motive behind the amendment."
Cr Webb took “umbrage” at the suggestion and said it would be a “dark day” if politics had made its way into the council chambers.
The amendment was shot down six votes to two.
Cr Rodda’s request for funded media training was approved.
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