No checks and balances in council decision- making
THIS is a comment from a concerned ratepayer following an excellent article by Shari Tagliabue ( TB, 5/ 8).
The highlighted indecision stems from the last local government election? Elected, a team totally united, expectation “now we can get things done?” Result – no checks and balances from opposition opinions. Focus – get bottom line in order. Method – employing total FIFO executive management team having no local content with any historical ties to city and region to provide checks and balances.
Result – consultation with community is used as delaying tactic and then ignored? Excuse – what do they know, they’re only ratepayers – “We know best” without the option of debate.
The scenario – bottom line fixed – one dump face usable for 15 years, no bus shelter, no new creative job developments, no water security to supply houses being built around where our tips used to be leaving the EPA no alternative than deem the site “unsuitable” and an executive team heading for our new FIFO airport to FO to their next bottom- line assignment.
End result – pensioners hit with a petty revenue- raising scheme for their companions, home builders hit with another extra cost in waste disposal fees. Ratepayers lose ratepayer subsidised tip vouchers creating extra costs but given a “claytons” rate reduction which benefits those paying late an actual reduction, infrastructure decisions delayed for meaningless public consultation and a restructure led by a FIFO executive which loses, through redundancies, those with critical knowledge of our ageing infrastructure, while retaining that egotistical attitude of having no respect for the views of a highly knowledgeable community. JOHN JAUNCEY,