Stirling Times - - Opinion -

AS a for­mer long term City of Stir­ling ratepayer, I was as­tounded to hear Mayor Ital­iano on talk­back ra­dio (6PR, Septem­ber 4) en­cour­ag­ing builders to write to the City ob­ject­ing to the pro­posed re­vised verge per­mit and bond pol­icy.

It is not a good look when the Mayor is of­fi­cial spokesper­son for Stir­ling and pub­licly states he is in­volved in the build­ing in­dus­try and en­cour­ages builders to ob­ject – that came across as us­ing his may­oral po­si­tion for vested in­ter­ests.

Stir­ling cur­rently al­lows too many builders and sub-con­trac­tors to mis-use foot­paths, verges and laneways as site ex­ten­sions, usu­ally con­tin­u­ing for around 18 months at a time months at a time. The shenani­gans of cow­boy builders have to be curbed.

They could not care less about safety and amenity, yet on public ra­dio the Mayor openly pro­motes his day-job in­dus­try’s dan­ger­ous mis-use of public space.

It does not have to be this way. In Stir­ling I’ve per­son­ally ex­pe­ri­enced an ex­cel­lent builder next door on a small 300sq m block who man­aged the site im­pec­ca­bly.

They kept it clean and de­liv­ered ma­te­ri­als in small quan­ti­ties, so prov­ing small lot sites can be prop­erly man­aged.

This is what the Mayor should be pro­mot­ing.

The com­mu­nity would be bet­ter served by the Mayor and his fel­low coun­cil­lors pro­vid­ing suf­fi­cient per­son­nel to proac­tively con­trol lo­cal laws rather than the years-long re­ac­tive at­ti­tude for which Stir­ling is in­fa­mous. SID BREEDEN, City Beach

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