Don’t med­dle with our di­vi­sions

The Queensland Times - - OPINION -

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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