Don’t forget mistakes of past
In Denmark in 2015 there was a great deal of angst. Many were frustrated, afraid and horrified by the treatment they received from the then Shire council.
There was angst over a proposed pool; over the closure of the boat ramp; frustration and disappointment within the building industry of its inability to secure contracts for locals; angst within the tourism industry over the Shire using taxpayer funds to compete with private caravan parks and also over a proposal for free camping.
Individuals were warned to stay quiet if they didn’t want to jeopardise contracts with the Shire.
Others were frustrated in their attempts to develop their businesses or maintain security of their business. There was real fear.
The Chamber of Commerce called a special meeting in June, 2015, to have concerns aired. Sixty-seven businesses braved a cold and wet night. Even there they were harassed and intimidated and prior I was harassed to cancel the meeting.
The chamber was warned membership would suffer a serious decline if the meeting proceeded. As an aside it has nearly doubled since then. At the Shire election in October, 2015, our community voted for fundamental change; the community wanted consultation and transparency and they got it.
The Community Strategy delivered unprecedented consultation and the recording of actual councillor votes and reporting of briefing sessions.
I can attest to all this as I was president of the chamber in 2015 and now have stepped down so I can speak out as an individual.
Be aware of whom you are voting for and with whom they are aligned.