STIRLING MAYOR ‘SHOCKING’
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