Plight of the Ratepayer

A poem by Mark Dodd, a former long serving CHCC employee

Mark Dodd

“When the ratepayers are silent and the Mayor has fallen quiet,

When the Council shiny lights no longer glow across the city night

And the General Manager is forced to hang a sign,‘gone broke and won’t be back’

And spirits fear to find a way beyond the new Council Shack,

The chosen four pinned their hopes on a wondrous landmark.

But bystanders stand aghast,some in measured delight and others in dismay, but I was simply amazed if someone could find a park,

Was this building right, or had they lost their way,

Four hands up and four hands down the decision is so tight,

With caution to the wind a casting vote was had,

We are forced to see it their way, no sense of good or bad,

Perhaps your heart will tell you then, ‘I should have made a stand’”

An interpretation of a Chris Long Poem


  1. Beautifully written, Mark. I think your verse says it all. The current situation is an absolute disgrace and my heart goes out to the good people of Coffs Harbour.Andrew Fraser is correct, the Minister should step in.
    Janne C Lindrum

  2. John Christie

    Great poem. Just hope that the verses don’t come true and be our reality in a few years time. Authorities need to act fast and shut down the council lunatics.

  3. If my memory serves me correctly it was not a lot of years ago when the then Council asked for a cost to add one more story to the existing Council chambers ( which as most people know was built to accommodate two more stories ) a sum of one million dollars was spoken about, the then Council dropped the idea .
    Probably did not have their big boy pants on.

  4. Well written Mark Dodd. I am sure you could write a book of Poems with your working career in Coffs City Council.

    Regards Max 🙂


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