COUNCILLORS NEED TO LISTEN TO COMMUNITY
IT saddens me to even have to respond to the comments made by Cr Bilich (Reporter, October 3, “Claims of support are incorrect”).
In your opinion piece your manipulation of facts and consequent attempts to implicate others is not taking responsibility for your own actions.
When our Kalamunda Shire was in dire threat of being subsumed by the City of Belmont, due to the government’s attempts at forced amalgamations, we rightly considered a range of options.
One of those options was to become a City ourselves. As you know, councillor, once the danger was averted it was back to business as usual.
Remember the community survey distributed by the Shire to the residents regarding City status? It received an overwhelming no.
Did you listen to the community? Did you accept their verdict? Did you support them throughout the debate?
Councillor, you supported City status throughout the protracted discussion, even though you voted differently at the last minute.
We in the South East ward supported the community’s wishes throughout the entire debate.
Now that we have City status, we as a council have to move on, accept the decision and try to move forward.
I have admitted publicly that I got it wrong with the trees on Welshpool Road. We listened and as a result council moved a motion to: 1. Stop the removal of the trees; and 2. Work with the community, Main Roads, staff, councillors and the applicant to address this mistake and find an alternative solution.
Did you admit any responsibility in regards to the trees on Welshpool Road or your role in the City status debate?
As councillors, we have been elected to listen, to represent and act on behalf of the community.
We are not there to gain political advantage.
GEOFF STALLARD, South East ward councillor, City of Kalamunda