THE cyclone aside, it has been a big year for the Johnstone Shire Council. Mayor Neil Clarke has had some momentous fights with breakaway councillors. The most recent shenanigans include the suspension from council of Cr Tom Mauloni and the disgraceful Christmas ham affair. Cr Mauloni has been sin-binned for two months for the crime of giving direct instructions to council staff. This is a direct statutory breach of Local Government’s code of conduct laws and is one that councillors are made aware of the first day they are on the job.