There's no doubt the Albury councillors who voted against Melbourne Storm using Greenfield Park were well intentioned.
After all, who can be critical of councillors wanting to put the health and safety of our community above all else. But, there can also be little doubt Albury's reputation has suffered a massive hit in the process.
Albury was trending on social media on Tuesday night and it was for all the wrong reasons after the city's councillors voted 5-4 to block the Storm from using council facilities to train ahead of the NRL season restart later this month.
Deputy mayor and Border GP Amanda Cohn was among the most vocal critics of the Storm being allowed into our region, saying she "wasn't willing to bet the lives of my most vulnerable patients on NRL players following rules".
Her view was in direct contradiction to fellow councillor John Stuchbery, also a doctor, who said: "It is safe".
Forgive us for a second, but Cr Cohn's opinion would carry more weight if she was prepared to follow the advice of the chief medical officer and download the COVIDSafe app, if community safety is indeed the No.1 priority.
Cr Cohn's failure to do so makes her stance look entirely political and her words from earlier this month - that we "do whatever we can to save lives ... (and) our whole community work together if we are going to get through this" - seem hollow.
Some might say hypocritical.
People have used the argument that they're not allowed go for a drive to Beechworth or Bright or to their pub with their mates, so why should the Storm be allowed to train here?
The answer is simple. Because it's their job. If your job was go for Sunday drives, you'd still be allowed do that, the same way a plumber can travel to fix a broken pipe and a pizza delivery guy can get a barbecue meatlovers to your house.
When the $19.6 million redevelopment of Lavington Sportsground is complete later this year, council will be wanting to attract top-level sporting clubs to our region.
Let's hope they'll still want to come.