No, no no! Stop the flip flop­ping

The Northern Star - - NEWS - OPIN­ION DAVID KIRK­PATRICK Editor

LIS­MORE City Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to re­ject a $90M ex­pan­sion plan for Lis­more Square re­minds me of a song from High School Mu­si­cal.

When I woke up on Wed­nes­day morn­ing to find out the coun­cil had voted 6-5 to re­buff the de­vel­op­ers I was re­play­ing the lyrics from Stick to the Sta­tus Quo.

In the film of High School Mu­si­cal the clip dis­plays the school can­teen full of stu­dents de­rid­ing any­one who dares to do some­thing dif­fer­ent.

The lyrics are apt to Lis­more City Coun­cil’s in­er­tia on this is­sue: “no, no, no stick to the stuff you know”.

I’m afraid I am with Page MP Kevin Ho­gan on this one.

Ratepay­ers don’t want a lo­cal coun­cil who flip flops on big is­sues like this.

The coun­cil’s stick in the mud at­ti­tude is cost­ing jobs, but it’s also dam­ag­ing this city’s rep­u­ta­tion.

You know when you get con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lors like Greg Ben­nett and Nancy Cas­son vot­ing with the Greens’ Adam Guise and Vanessa Ekins on an is­sue like a shop­ping cen­tre ex­pan­sion, there’s some­thing se­ri­ously amiss.

Lit­tle won­der one of our let­ter writ­ers today has called on the State Gov­ern­ment to step in and ap­point an ad­min­is­tra­tor.

Ratepay­ers don’t want a lo­cal coun­cil who flip flops on big is­sues like this. Be bold, take a stand, stop be­ing so wishy washy.

The coun­cil doesn’t seem to agree on any vi­sion that is about to lead this city out of the dol­drums it finds it­self in since the March flood.

While it de­serves a pat on the back for do­ing a quick clean-up after the floods, it de­serves a boot up the bum for re­lin­quish­ing that lead­er­ship now.

Coun­cil­lors, where is the vi­sion and fore­sight you were elected to pro­vide?

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