CAN­DI­DATE RE­SPONSE TO WAVE PARK WORRY

Melville Times - - Opinion -

I HAVE been fol­low­ing com­men­tary on the Melville Com­mu­nity Chat face­book page, in par­tic­u­lar the is­sue of the surf park.

Wave Park Group, the de­vel­op­ers be­hind the project, re­cently con­tacted the new can­di­dates run­ning in the City of Melville lo­cal elec­tion to of­fer them one-on-one meet­ings to learn more about the project and ask any ques­tions they may have.

I note that to date seven can­di­dates have taken up the op­por­tu­nity.

Th­ese can­di­dates, whether pro or anti surf park, have at least shown a will­ing­ness to en­gage and to learn more about the project rather than just rely on hearsay and mis­in­for­ma­tion spread by the anti group.

What is sur­pris­ing is the num­ber of can­di­dates who have ei­ther de­clined to at­tend the meet­ing or not re­sponded at all.

How can th­ese can­di­dates say that they are not bi­ased and best rep­re­sent ratepay­ers with­out hav­ing a full un­der­stand­ing of the project? What th­ese can­di­dates have openly dis­played is the kind of closed mind­ed­ness that they will bring to the coun­cil, and not just on the mat­ter of the surf park, but also other com­mu­nity is­sues of im­por­tance.

Good on Wave Park Group for putting them­selves out there and hold­ing up their side of the bar­gain to be trans­par­ent and forth­com­ing in shar­ing in­for­ma­tion. FRANK PETRETIS Palmyra

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