I seem to have ruffled the feathers of Cr Bell.
Not knowing where to contact her to discuss her concerns, my only recourse is to respond through the same media in which she levelled her criticism.
Yes, I used the term, ‘‘jobs for the boys’’.
A purely rhetorical phrase, not implying anything in the way of corruption that she suggests. It is an old expression, suggesting that unless a contract is awarded as a successful bid based on a clearly defined specification that gives all would-be tenderers the same basis for their submission, there would be potential for favouritism.
In discussions with our mayor, I told him that council staff didn’t appear to follow up, by way of inspection, the work carried out by contractors; an absolute necessity as the final stage in the contractual process.
The example I gave him was the contractor sweeping the roads, who would often fail to sweep small cul-de-sacs off the main roads, probably knowing full well that no-one would be checking up.
In this case I would contact council and the