Sus­pen­sion not war­ranted

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Pamela Kal­car, Ex­mouth

Politi­cians, min­is­ters, coun­cil­lors, heads of gov­ern­ment agen­cies — we learn that so many of them feel en­ti­tled to spend tax­payer and ratepayer money on them­selves.

Now I am ap­palled that the Ex­mouth Shire Coun­cil has been sus­pended un­der threat of dis­missal for un­wit­tingly break­ing a rule.

Cer­tainly rules are rules but these peo­ple did not ben­e­fit per­son­ally, they were merely do­ing some­thing for our town, as they have al­ways done.

I have not no­ticed that any of them are liv­ing a lux­u­ri­ous lifestyle at ratepayer ex­pense but I have no­ticed that they have made a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence to the ameni­ties of our town in the 11 years that I have lived here, us­ing very lim­ited funds from our small num­ber of ratepay­ers.

Our coun­cil­lors do not de­serve to be treated like naughty chil­dren, told that they need more train­ing.

I am sat­is­fied with the ser­vice they have been giv­ing Ex­mouth as re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens with com­mon sense just like the rest of us — only the rest of us are happy to leave it to some­one else to un­der­take the work of run­ning the town.

How­ever, I for one, don’t want that to be some out­sider with no per­sonal in­ter­est in Ex­mouth, and I don’t see how Ex­mouth is go­ing to ben­e­fit from hav­ing a com­mis­sioner.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre con­struc­tion in Ex­mouth.

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