Buzz words won’t cut it on the coun­cil

Southern Telegraph - - Tele­graph Opin­ion - Sharyn McCaskey, Cooloongup

I’m scared about the num­ber of nom­i­na­tions for coun­cil.

I have read com­ments on so­cial me­dia from can­di­dates who prom­ise they will cre­ate jobs and of­fer more events that are free, they will re­duce rates and they will stop the ma­rina and help the home­less.

What about fam­i­lies, sport­ing groups, busi­nesses, does any­one want to help them?

Nearly all the can­di­dates are spout­ing buzz sen­tences so sim­i­lar to each other and us­ing words that make many of us feel they know noth­ing of how coun­cil works nor what the role in coun­cil is.

Mostly their so­cial me­dia pages are full of sim­i­lar promises and emo­tive catch calls.

I’m all for any­one step­ping up for coun­cil; per­son­ally I al­ways vote on who you are, not what you prom­ise.

Tell us why you want to be on coun­cil, not that you want to be a voice that’s a buzz word, but what drives you?

The job is a thank­less one and you will need a thick skin.

Do you have one? All coun­cils are mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar busi­nesses, you will need to un­der­stand how busi­ness of that level op­er­ates - can you read a profit and loss form, agen­das, re­ports with a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing about coun­cil and law?

Tell us who you are and what skills you bring to the ta­ble, al­low us to get to know you, your be­liefs, your ethics.

What is your past? Can you stick with the job for four years? How much time will you give it? It will take over your life. Will you be avail­able to your con­stituents?

I’m all for any­one step­ping up for coun­cil, per­son­ally I al­ways vote on who you are, not what you prom­ise.

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