IF ONLY the founders of Westbury Municipal Council could see it now.
Donned in 1860s garb, Meander Valley Council elected members yesterday paid tribute to the area's first warden, John Peyton Jones, and marked 150 years since the establishment of local government in the area.
As the last notes of Danny Boy played out at the council's meeting yesterday, councillor Bob Richardson _ in character as former Westbury warden and seat of Cressy MHA Daniel Burke _ approached the stand.
``In December 1862 the first council met at Westbury Inn, which we now know as the Old Coaching Inn,'' Cr Richardson said, booming in character.
``In 1863 women couldn't leave the state, let alone stand for elections for council _ looking at the gallery today, I wonder why some of you are here . . . to vote you had to be of good character or control substantial amounts of land.''
The council's ordinary meeting was pushed back a week for yesterday, to coincide with the town's annual Westbury Week celebrations.
Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins thanked Cr Richardson and highlighted the significance of celebrating the occasion.
``It's a reminder about the journey that Westbury has taken as a town and local government organisation.
``Thank you to councillors and staff who joined in with the spirit of today,'' Cr Perkins said.
Yesterday's agenda items:
thReview of budgets for 2013-13 and 2013-14 capital works program: Accepted.
thNorthern Integrated Transport Plan: Carried.
thMeander Valley oil vulnerability action plan: Report received.
thAnnual plan, quarterly review: To be discussed at the December annual meeting.
thAudit Report _ 2013 Financial Year: Accepted.