Founder of Shalom House in coun­cil bid

Midland Reporter - - News -

SHALOM House founder Peter Lyn­don-James is pulling to­gether a team for a tilt at be­com­ing a City of Swan coun­cil­lor.

Mr Lyn­don-James (pic­tured right) will run in the Al­tone ward.

Mr Lyn­don-James has been locked in a court bat­tle with the City over whether he can legally op­er­ate his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres in the Swan Val­ley. He said his deal­ings with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties had been “ex­tremely dis­heart­en­ing” over the past three years.

“I be­lieve that com­mon sense has gone out the win­dow,” he said.

“We need to put it back on the ta­ble along with hon­esty, trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and in­tegrity. I would like to see a se­ri­ous change in the way we deal with the is­sues.

“Sadly, the ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple I have dealt with have demon­strated they are in for it for their per­sonal gain and only to place them­selves in the po­si­tions of author­ity for their own in­ter­est, not for the in­ter­est of the com­mu­nity.

“There is an enor­mous lack of trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity around deal­ings of the coun­cil, in­clud­ing the heavy-handed, bor­der­ing on dis­re­spect­ful, ap­proach to­wards the ratepay­ers.

“As a ratepayer my­self, that’s cer­tainly how I feel, and I have heard from many oth­ers who carry the same sen­ti­ment.”

Mr Lyn­don-James said it ap­peared lo­cal, State and Fed­eral govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives of­ten for­got why they ran for elec­tion.

“The mo­ment they are voted in, they for­get about the peo­ple they called, emailed and on whose doors they knocked, ask­ing for that vote,” he said.



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