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Civic prayer invokes passion amongst Councillors

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There was again heated debate at last night's Wingecarribee council meeting about allowing leaders from other faiths to conduct the Civic prayer.

Mayor Duncan Gair used his casting vote, to vote against council making formal invitations to these leaders to be included on a roster.

Councillor Ken Halstead told the chamber he was disgusted to think that anyone would want to preclude other faiths and believes the issue needs to be picked up by national media.

Councillor Larry Whipper described it as ' bigotry ' and said in all his time on council there had never been a Catholic Priest invited to say the prayer.

Following debate Councillors agreed to include items 1 and 2 of the notice of motion which are:

That Council acknowledge the importance of the opening prayer at each Council meeting and extend sincere thanks to all those Ministers who have provided these blessings upon Council and community over the years.

And that in recognising Australia is predominantly Christian in our belief system that we also recognise there are those in our nation and the Shire who acknowledge God through different pathways.

IMAGE CREDIT: Wingecarribee Council