Res­o­lu­tions to vote for in 2017

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

IN 2017, we must make lead­er­ship de­ci­sions that will have a bear­ing on our fu­ture. The state elec­tion on March 11 looms as the first test of pub­lic lead­er­ship and our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for it. The ques­tion elec­tors should be ask­ing is whether 2017 is a time for change or a time for con­tin­u­ance. In Oc­to­ber, ratepay­ers will ap­point com­mu­nity lead­ers at lo­cal government elec­tions. In re­cent weeks, the lead­er­ship of sev­eral metropoli­tan coun­cils have faced no­con­fi­dence mo­tions from dis­en­fran­chised ratepay­ers. Such acts rarely cause im­me­di­ate change. Voter turnout is tra­di­tion­ally less than 40 per cent, so there’s op­por­tu­nity for more peo­ple to pro­mote com­mu­nity lead­er­ship. So, among your res­o­lu­tions for 2017, en­sur­ing strong lead­er­ship across your com­mu­nity – from your state to coun­cil and fam­ily – should be high on ev­ery­one’s agenda.

Matt Zis Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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