Coun­cil­lor praised for core val­ues stance

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Peta Good­win Mar­garet River

I want to thank Cr Naomi God­den for her con­sis­tent, ar­tic­u­late, per­sis­tent and un­apolo­getic stance in coun­cil with re­gard to the in­te­gra­tion of the core val­ues of our Vi­sion State­ment for 2036 (care for the en­vi­ron­ment, so­cial jus­tice and eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity) into the daily prac­tices of Shire ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Cr God­den al­ways speaks for these val­ues to be the base­line for de­ci­sion-mak­ing in coun­cil and ar­gues for dis­cus­sion on how to re­alise them to be pri­ori­tised over “push­ing things through” and meet­ing time frames, bud­gets, tar­gets and other ad­min­is­tra­tive goals. She con­tin­ues to main­tain her po­si­tion po­litely and rea­son­ably de­spite im­pa­tience and frus­tra­tion from some in the cham­bers. Of­ten her ar­gu­ments gar­ner sup­port in the end from her col­leagues.

Chang­ing core be­liefs and bu­reau­cratic sys­tems is time-con­sum­ing and up­hill work and I am grate­ful for coun­cil­lors with the ap­petite for it and the will to keep work­ing at it.

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