Mayor too ca­sual

South Western Times - - Point Of View -

I AT­TENDED the 2018 South West Small Busi­ness Awards held at the Light­house on June 16. It was her­alded as the “so­cial event of the year”. There were more than 200 peo­ple present for the awards, all very proud to be in­cluded as var­i­ous fi­nal­ists in what is a pres­ti­gious award. Ev­ery­one had turned out in their fin­ery with more tuxe­dos in one room than I have seen for a long time. So what I found dis­ap­point­ing was that the Mayor of the City of Bun­bury could only man­age to turn up in a day suit and checked shirt, no tie, look­ing more like he was at­tend­ing a back­yard bar­be­cue rather than a highly im­por­tant func­tion. Small busi­ness makes up the ma­jor­ity of our re­gion, they well de­serve to be re­spected and recog­nised for their hard work and en­ter­prise. I feel at the very least, the mayor could have at­tended in a din­ner suit and tie to em­pha­sise the im­por­tance th­ese busi­nesses con­trib­ute to the City of Bun­bury and sur­rounds. He was also re­miss by not mak­ing a speech to wel­come ev­ery­one to this sig­nif­i­cant oc­ca­sion for Bun­bury es­pe­cially as eco­nomic times for small busi­ness are hit­ting hard and any en­cour­age­ment from our dig­ni­taries is not only wel­come, but sought af­ter. I think Gary Bren­nan needs to re­flect on what it means to be a Mayor in a city that is still seem­ingly strug­gling to find it’s iden­tity and make a greater at­tempt to be the type of fig­ure­head that Bun­bury is proud to have at its helm. Wendy Bonny, Ea­ton

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