Founder of Shalom House in council bid
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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