New name won’t cut it

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

I AGREE with Damien Keyes when he states in the TB 18/ 07/ 15 that “the team that could present as the most united and in­de­pen­dent from party pol­i­tics had the best chance of win­ning the elec­tion”.

In ad­di­tion to Mr Keyes’ in­sight, I would also add that as a mayor you need to lead with dis­tinc­tion, in­tegrity and courage. Can­di­dates need to have a love for Townsville, with a de­sire to see our great city flour­ish. They must also have the abil­ity to un­der­stand and tol­er­ate op­pos­ing com­ments.

In the same ar­ti­cle, coun­cil­lor Tony Par­sons said, “We’ve had a num­ber of dis­cus­sions with a num­ber of peo­ple as to stand­ing as a may­oral can­di­date. We’ve got some­one close to com­mit­ting.” This strikes me as mean­ing that Townsville First are still rum­mag­ing around look­ing for some­one to put their rep­u­ta­tion on the line and lead them.

In the TB 21/ 07/ 15, it states that “Ms Ar­lett has been courted to lead a team fea­tur­ing a num­ber of Townsville First coun­cil­lors with a re­branded name.” Townsville First knows that their cur­rent name is toxic within the com­mu­nity and if they ran un­der the same name they would rapidly be­come a re­dun­dant force.

I am not con­vinced that to re­brand their name will make them solid con­tenders in the up­com­ing con­test for city hall. Many prom­ises were made by the Hill team and Townsville First team and al­most four years later noth­ing has been de­liv­ered, e. g. hard rub­bish col­lec­tions, rates re­bates, ad­di­tional street light­ing et cetera, et cetera.

Elected civic lead­ers must be trans­par­ent. They must demon­strate how their ac­tions will best ben­e­fit ev­ery­one rather than the cho­sen few i. e. them­selves. Add the abil­ity to ne­go­ti­ate with all stake­hold­ers diplo­mat­i­cally, cou­pled with states­man/ woman- like be­hav­iour, I be­lieve we will have the win­ning for­mula.

In re­cent weeks a num­ber of se­nior peo­ple have re­lated that they want to see a coun­cil like the one led by An­gus Smith ( 1952- 67). They hold up Smith’s coun­cil as a shin­ing ex­am­ple of how a di­verse coun­cil can work am­i­ca­bly to­gether in the best in­ter­ests of Townsville. No mat­ter how much you re­brand, un­less the at­ti­tude is re­aligned and the toys are no longer thrown from the cot noth­ing will change. Co­he­sive­ness and com­mit­ment to Townsville re­main the key to Townsville’s fu­ture.

BREN­DAN PORTER,

Bel­gian Gar­dens.

VOTER PITCH: Hard rub­bish col­lec­tion was promised but four years later hasn’t been de­liv­ered, a reader says.

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