In three local Facebook pages, a Straw Poll was conducted recently with the question: “Do you as a Ratepayer or Resident of Coffs Harbour have confidence in the Mayor and General Manager to run OUR City in a financially responsible manner.”
Guest Editorial – by the Coffs Coast Independent News
The Poll ran for 5 days, in Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga and Sawtell /Toormina Facebook pages run by community members.
The results gave a resounding NO to the question.
604 votes were cast. 597 gave a NO Vote while just seven (7) said YES that they thought that the City’s finances were being managed responsibly by the Mayor and General Manager.
The comments alone were quite scathing of the Mayor and General Manager.
You can read them at the Coffs Coast Independent News, Woolgoolga and the Northern Beaches – What’s Happening ! and Toormina/Coffs Neighbourhood Watch Facebook pages.
While admittedly it was a limited “straw poll”, and therefore not scientifically based, the numbers, if translated across the voting residents of Coffs Harbour, tells us that our community lacks confidence that the City’s leadership is acting the best interests of our city.
One would hope that the message is breaking through to the Mayor and General Manager by now, or at least to the other seven Councillors.
The Councillors should be taking this vote very seriously and calling on the Mayor to either conduct a Poll through a professional Pollster seeking the community’s support or otherwise on the Council’s Gordon Street project or face a Motion of NO CONFIDENCE in her and the General Manager at a forth coming Council meeting.
While ever we cannot have a Council Election until 2021, our Councillors must not allow the Mayor and General Manager to keep spending OUR money like drunken sailors out on a night on the town.