Coun­cil­lors choose to by­pass pub­lic in­put

The Morning Bulletin - - YOUR SAY -

OH dear, ap­par­ently the re­cent heat wave has got­ten to me, and soz­zled my brain, the ev­i­dence be­ing that I’m in agree­ment with Mayor Strelow on this oc­ca­sion.

“No to pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on di­vi­sions”, Mayor Strelow dis­mayed and dis­ap­pointed that six out of seven coun­cil­lors were not open to seek com­mu­nity view on a mat­ter of sig­nif­i­cance and voted against the rec­om­men­da­tion of both coun­cil of­fi­cers and Coun­cil­lor Strelow “that the pub­lic be for­mally con­sulted on the mat­ter of di­vi­sions”. (Ar­ti­cled TMB 30.11.18)

That those six coun­cil­lors would so bla­tantly defy demo­cratic process; to be “dis­mayed”, let alone dis­ap­pointed is surely an un­der­state­ment!

“Alarmed” would be more ap­pro­pri­ate, and not just rel­a­tive to this in­stance. It is now the prac­tice and not the ex­cep­tion that our elected Rep­re­sen­ta­tives no longer con­sult with other

than in­ner party mem­bers and the select priv­i­leged. I ask what is the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion re­lied upon by those six coun­cil­lors to ex­clude the pub­lic from a process that will, or may af­fect their fu­ture in many ways?

Is the sim­ple an­swer that they (the six) wish to con­sol­i­date their un­chal­lenged au­thor­ity to fol­low their own po­lit­i­cal agen­das or do they think they are be­yond re­proach and ap­proach, and don’t give a tin­ker for the pub­lic.

How can the said six coun­cil­lors there­fore, claim to rep­re­sent the will of the peo­ple if they ex­clude those very peo­ple from com­mu­ni­ca­tions and con­sul­ta­tions?

I might add that ev­i­dence of in­ten­tional ex­clu­sion goes to not ac­knowl­edg­ing and re­ply­ing to cor­re­spon­dences which seek and re­quire a re­sponse.

Thank you Mayor Strelow for your stand, lit­tle though it is, it has been recog­nised, ap­pre­ci­ated and should reap div­i­dends. (To­gether we achieve. Re­mind any­one of a lo­cal govern­ment motto?) John Par­tridge Rock­hamp­ton

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