Don’t meddle with our divisions
JO-ANN Miller suggests the council ward system be dropped and replaced by a top 10 system.
To use that as a way to try to not elect any previous councillors is pathetic.
From our experience, having owned a property for a number of years in Tweed Heads which has the open system being suggested, is not a patch on the divisional system we have here.
Down there, you could have 10 people elected and all of them could live in Murwillumbah.
When we were there, there was not one councillor who lived anywhere near the heart of Tweed Heads.
If you rang and let them know of a problem, they didn’t even have a clue where you were talking about and took lots of time to fix problems.
Whereas here, I would ring my local councillor (or the other local one if I saw a problem on their turf) and they would know straight away what location I was reporting.
On many occasions, they would come to check it out if they had free time.
We need to keep the present system where each councillor is in their local area and knows that area and gets out and interacts with the local people.
Ipswich is now such a broad area that it is important that the councillors are spread through the zones.
Please, state government, do not go ahead with this idea. BEV DIGNAM Newtown
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