The McLeod River Post - - Points Of View - Ian McInnes

The mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions are over. We thank all of those that have served and are ei­ther step­ping down or un­suc­cess­ful in their elec­tion or re-elec­tion bids. We also thank all of those that are step­ping up to the plate in mu­nic­i­pal ser­vice too. Be­ing Mayor and sit­ting on coun­cil is a big com­mit­ment and not al­ways a thank­ful vo­ca­tion.

We knew when the in­cum­bent Rob Mackin was not run­ning that we were go­ing to have a new Mayor in Hin­ton and, although the re­sults are un­of­fi­cial as I write, Mar­cel Michaels won his poll in Hin­ton by 1321 votes to 844 over Stu­art Tay­lor. Ger­ald Soroka won his con­test again in Yel­low­head County. Full un­of­fi­cial re­sults from our dis­tri­bu­tion area can be found on our Face­book page: http:// www.face­book.com/McLeodRiverPost

Ed­son was no­table for two things. Firstly, the late­ness of the de­clared re­sult again keep­ing hard­work­ing jour­nal­ists up un­til 1 a.m. and gone to post the un­of­fi­cial re­sults. And, more im­por­tantly, af­ter an elec­tion run up that did turn a lit­tle nasty, Kevin Za­hara de­feated in­cum­bent Greg Pasy­chny for the May­oral con­test by 1160 votes to 735. The turnout we un­der­stand was a dis­ap­point­ing 29 per cent.

Dur­ing the cam­paign the de­bate over field­house ver­sus art cen­tre came up more than once and I ex­pect that to con­tinue with the new ad­min­is­tra­tion. Both, nice to have. Af­ford­able to build, per­haps, af­ford­able to run and main­tain, me­thinks therein lies the rub.

The econ­omy is not great although there are signs of di­ver­sity tak­ing up some slack. I’m go­ing to throw up an is­sue now that came up dur­ing the elec­tion more than once and is a headache for com­mu­ni­ties near and far. How to keep our chil­dren in the area that want to stay near home when fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion in the main is city based?

Chil­dren will get lo­cal jobs, start lo­cal busi­nesses, be­come lo­cal con­sumers, vol­un­teer and maybe stand for of­fice and have chil­dren of their own to con­tinue the cy­cle. So, what on earth are we do­ing to make that hap­pen? Not an aw­ful lot I don’t think. We have a will we, I think, must find a way.

Ed­u­ca­tion and fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, which does not re­quire the level of su­per­vi­sion of younger kids be­cause the as­sump­tion is older ones want to learn rather than must learn, can eas­ily be de­liv­ered in ways that don’t re­quire pack­ing one’s kids off to univer­sity or col­lege for months at a time. The old way is ar­guably es­sen­tial for col­lege and univer­sity bud­gets but I don’t think it has to be so.

More lo­cal cam­puses and learn­ing cen­tres please. More op­por­tu­nity for re­mote learn­ing backed up by oc­ca­sional vis­its to learn­ing cen­tres if re­quired. It’s not rocket science the way is out there now and not that ex­pen­sive.

Chil­dren that go to the cities, of­ten stay in the cities and of­ten get con­di­tioned into think­ing that a city is the only place to get a job. Not so, if they don’t want to. Of course, hav­ing high class lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties will likely en­cour­age young­sters to set up near home but I think the horse should come be­fore the cart on this one. It’s much eas­ier to pay for nice things when pop­u­la­tions are ris­ing rather than stag­nat­ing or fall­ing.

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