Councillors choose to bypass public input
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