SWAN Hill Rural City Council mayor Ann Young says the shock exit of two councillors in just under two weeks is not a reflection of how council is operating.
"No, I don't think so, I think it is probably issues with the councillors, they have been there quite a long time and it is probably quite a different climate in there now," Cr Young said.
Council announced Cr John Katis' resignation on Monday, and confirmed the representative for the Robinvale ward would not complete his term.
It was the second resignation to be handed in within two weeks, with Cr Gary Norton announcing on January 2 that he would step down from council this year.
Cr Young admitted she had been caught off guard by Cr Katis' decision.
"I suppose you are always surprised when somebody has been on council for 23 years," she said.
"He just felt that it was time for him to go and I guess everybody reaches that point eventually."
But, Cr Katis told the Sunraysia Daily he felt he had been "pushed out".
Cr Young remained tight-lipped when asked if she was aware of any tensions between councillors.
"There are some issues going through council at the moment," Cr Young said, but declined to expand on the matter.
She also refused to comment on if she was aware Cr Katis had been accused of having pecuniary interests in relation to the potential sale of the Bromely Road site in Robinvale.
Cr Young said Cr Katis' claim Robinvale was "overlooked" was not accurate.
More in the Wednesday, January 16 edition of The Guardian.