Ex-Albury mayor apologises to colleague over handling of response to school band funding debate

Still mates: David Thurley has accepted an apology from Henk van de Ven over a misunderstanding related to support for funding of The Scots School band's trip to the Edinburgh tattoo.

Still mates: David Thurley has accepted an apology from Henk van de Ven over a misunderstanding related to support for funding of The Scots School band's trip to the Edinburgh tattoo.

A FORMER Albury mayor has publicly apologised after suggesting a fellow councillor told a “deliberate mistruth”.

Henk van de Ven issued the mea culpa to David Thurley on Facebook on Friday afternoon.

It followed a post on the social network on Tuesday related to the council not contributing money towards The Scots School band performing at the Edinburgh tattoo. 

“Following my return from holidays, I wish to unreservedly apologise to David Thurley for saying he told a deliberate mistruth around the issue of the Scots School support,” Cr van de Ven wrote.

Cr Thurley told The Border Mail that Cr van de Ven had wrongly assumed he was going to raise the funding on the premise that there was sufficient support.

However, Cr Thurley felt the idea would fail, due to Cr van de Ven and councillor Graham Docksey being absent.

In his apology, Cr van de Ven accepted he had posted ignorance. 

“I was working on support I knew about before I left for holiday, David was working in ‘real time’ numbers,” he wrote.

“Explanation only, not an excuse.”

Cr Thurley, who shared a coffee with Cr van de Ven on Friday, accepted the apology.

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