Heads in the sand

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion -

Two pages, two sto­ries: (Carpark evic­tion claims and Hun­dreds sign youth pe­ti­tion, Tele­graph, 4/11). Too hard for os­trich coun­cil. I was as­tounded to read th­ese ar­ti­cles, con­firm­ing Rock­ing­ham coun­cil has its head in the sand.

“Cr Sam­mels said the fund­ing, es­tab­lish­ment and man­age­ment of short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion was the busi­ness of State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments.”

“Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said res­i­dents of all ages were en­cour­aged to share their views through sub­mis­sions to the City.”

In sum­mary: “not our prob­lem” and, “if we don’t ask, they won’t tell”.

Does Cr Sam­mels not re­alise that the coun­cil has a mu­tual re­spon­si­bil­ity with State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments to en­sure ac­com­mo­da­tion for home­less peo­ple in the city is de­liv­ered.

Fur­ther, it is the coun­cil’s job to ac­tively com­mu­ni­cate with and cap­ture the con­cerns of all res­i­dents.

The mayor should im­me­di­ately put a pro­gram in place for the coun­cil and ac­tively en­gage all res­i­dents.

Such a pro­gram should also pro­vide clear vis­i­bil­ity on all

Pic­ture: Hay­ley God­dard

Rock­ing­ham’s home­less say they were told to leave a car park near the CHB grain ter­mi­nal where they had been liv­ing.

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