Time to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion

Albany Advertiser - - OPINION - Angie Fryer-Smith and Richard Ball Al­bany

In re­sponse to Don Phillips’ “Mayor, please ex­plain trip”, (28/6):

It was sur­pris­ing such a neg­a­tive and ill-in­formed let­ter was pub­lished in our local pa­pers.

As a com­mu­nity, we need to back our mayor and coun­cil­lors for the work they do and the many un­paid hours they put in on our be­half. It is a won­der that any­body is pre­pared to give their time to the com­mu­nity in pub­lic ser­vice, given the con­stant and (al­most al­ways) un­war­ranted crit­i­cism to which they are ex­posed.

Al­though they are paid for some of their time, it is not pro­por­tion­ate to the en­ergy and ef­fort they put in for us.

Per­son­ally, we feel it is an in­sult that we fly our mayor in the back of the plane.

He was rep­re­sent­ing our com­mu­nity on a good­will visit to fos­ter links and to com­mem­o­rate the Anzac leg­end.

Please can we be pos­i­tive about our beau­ti­ful re­gion, and pro­vide our sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to all those who are work­ing to make Al­bany a mod­ern and vi­brant work­ing city? The City of Al­bany, the Great South­ern De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia are all work­ing on our be­half to achieve out­comes that will have a pos­i­tive im­pact for the whole com­mu­nity.

Let’s move on.

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