COUN­CIL­LORS NEED TO LIS­TEN TO COM­MU­NITY

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

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

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