Legitimate comment or political gamesmanship??
As soon as the referendum results were known with a resounding rejection, calls of non confidence and resignation of councillors surfaced across social media.
It is certainly legitimate criticism of this counil's apparent disregard for the opinion of voters, given the results of their own surveys which clearly showed a lack of support for a taxpayer funded centre. The expenditure of at least one million dollars trying to drive this project, while not as expensive, is somewhat reminiscent of the Colliery Dams debacle. In that case the council of the day and city staff were willing to spend whatever it took to get rid of the dams, remember?
I expect in the coming days and weeks you will see those with political aspirations stepping up to the mic demanding resignations and bi-elections which of course they would gladly fill.
One test I would apply to any would-be replacement councillors is what their position was when this council asked the sitting mayor to resign. Where were they when the Mayor went against election promises and did a complete 180 on the matter of the Colliery dams.
At the risk of invoking the wrath of those opposed to Trump, there is more than one swamp that needs draining in the land of the established political machines.