Happy with de­ci­sion to keep di­vi­sions

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

I WAS de­lighted to read on Mon­day’s NewsMail that the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Change Com­mis­sion has re­jected the coun­cil’s re­quest to abol­ish di­vi­sions, an ap­pli­ca­tion that was sub­mit­ted with very lit­tle com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion. The whole pur­pose of these di­vi­sions is so that the in­ter­ests of res­i­dents and ratepay­ers within the com­mu­nity are rep­re­sented by a lo­cally-elected coun­cil­lor, fa­mil­iar with that re­gion. Abol­ish­ing the di­vi­sions would abol­ish fair rep­re­sen­ta­tion, es­pe­cially for the out­ly­ing re­gional ar­eas. I fail to un­der­stand how Mayor Mal For­man can be­lieve that abol­ish­ing di­vi­sions would have given a bet­ter level of bal­ance or given peo­ple a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to vote for all the coun­cil­lors who are rep­re­sent­ing them in the re­gion. How could a coun­cil­lor (liv­ing in Kep­nock for ex­am­ple) pos­si­bly know or un­der­stand the spe­cific prob­lems of a ru­ral town (e.g. Gin Gin)? Many of us liv­ing in re­gional ar­eas feel that coun­cil’s main fo­cus of at­ten­tion is the city with lit­tle in­ter­est in us, our small towns and our prob­lems. It is in­ter­est­ing to note that the coun­cil’s web­site men­tions Bar­gara and Woodgate only in re­la­tion to lifestyle and beaches with scant ref­er­ence to Gin Gin or Childers, de­spite the enor­mity of the an­nual Childers Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val ev­ery July. This, I be­lieve, re­flects the coun­cil’s at­ti­tude to­wards its ru­ral towns. It is a credit to Ge­orge Ablett, who or­gan­ised the pe­ti­tion in Gin Gin against the abo­li­tion of di­vi­sions. With­out his firmly held belief that Gin Gin is best served by a coun­cil­lor with spe­cific knowl­edge of the area, the coun­cil’s re­quest to abol­ish di­vi­sions may well have been ac­cepted. J. Ver­ity, Ma­roon­dan

J Ver­ity Ma­roon­dan Coun­cil’s main fo­cus of at­ten­tion is the city with lit­tle in­ter­est in us...

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