Greens Councillor Patrick McGinlay has lost his bid to have the normal schedule of Eurobodalla Shire meetings reinstated.
Two weeks ago, Cr McGinlay flagged a notice of motion to reinstate meetings cancelled due to COVID-19.
After a seven-week gap, the council sat via video link on Tuesday, May 26. Cr McGinlay had previously described that gap as "ridiculous".
On Tuesday, he asked councillors to reinstate a meeting scheduled for June 9, but was unsuccessful.
"I think we should have that opportunity for nine of us to have motions or questions of notice in a fortnight, rather than a gap of four weeks before the next meeting," Cr McGinlay said.
Councillor Maureen Nathan felt there was "no need" for another June meeting.
As September's local government elections were moved to 2021, she said important meetings usually had over the caretaker period were no longer needed.
Councillor Phil Counstable suggested the June 9 meeting could focus on the shire's businesses.
"It could be a short meeting," he said.
Mayor Liz Innes said the council had held six meetings and 16 briefings since January. She said the council was required to hold a minimum of 10 meetings per year.
Cr Innes said the council was meeting obligations and "working exceptionally hard".
"The staff have been working incredible hours to continue to provide services to the community," she said.
"This council sits at 16-18 meetings per year. We are above the requirement."
Cr Innes said there was too much work involved behind the scenes to hold another June meeting.
However, Cr McGinlay said it was "not an extra meeting", simply one that was cancelled and should be reinstated.
Cr McGinlay won the support of Anthony Mayne and Phil Constable, but the vote was lost 6-3. He felt the community needed to see the council in action.
"The public are not privy to the contents of briefings," he said.
"It's now eleven weeks with one meeting in the middle, and one at each end - that's not great for the public to see," he said.