Write to state government and your local members on each side of politics and tell them to stop the corrupt practise of allowing voting groups into the council system.
By John Boom
Say no to political party agendas taking over councils. Many candidates with political ties will try and favour voting outcomes for “political promotion” so this is why they should be omitted from the council process. Like the sports rorts and much more.
Scrutinize your candidates and ask them heaps of ongoing questions about their policies, on specific town issue topics and agendas before they become councillors and make sure they agree to always reply back on “all subjects” on their Facebook page and agree to continue to do so if elected as many councillors may be controlled with gag orders placed on them by state government. Gagged councillors can’t represent the people fairly.
This is a huge issue regarding a transparent council system of people that are supposed to represent the town interest. A council system should always be open to fair public communication on every topic.
Don’t fall for the ongoing current system of getting back council generic written replies that take weeks and never tell you anything or the truth. That may be okay for general questions but not specific ongoing hot topic town issues. They all need to be there for you! Towns need to get honest replies on specific issues.
If candidates won’t communicate on all topics through Facebook then tell others about that and expose them as being poor communicators and not in the best interests of your town.
A town council needs honest independent people with the town interest and people in mind. Not playing to the tune of state government and outside interests.
Write to all state government representatives and make sure that all council officers are reviewed regularly regarding their actions and how they advise councillors as too much corruption and maladministration within councils takes place by “council officers”.
When councils change at election time the councillors may change but the corruption and maladministration can remain and just continues on as before. These council officers are the same people that advise the councillors. This is one of the biggest issues within the council system Australia wide.
Use online petitions, write in newspaper replies, use social media replies, write on government minister’s Facebook sites and write to their Facebook Message contacts.
Demand a higher cents per dollar return spent back in your town for every rate dollar you pay. Make spending more accountable to get better results for the long term.
Stop the spending for mates system and look at better ways to achieve results!
Ask for more community input on spending methods and use of grants!
The more you write the more notice they must take in the end.
They are supposed to be there to serve the town and people but the state government system of councils as they stand are anti-productive to the people of most towns.
They represent political outcome results from State Government like spending rorts to sporting groups and to waste on beautification spending in areas not required to make it look like their political party has done things for your town even though they weren’t priority needed.
They like to spend in towns on self-promotion for political purposes.
I hope these items may help you with your next council elections.
Become an activist for the best interests of your town. Remember people power can influence outcomes.
John Boom is a published author of 124 books. He also runs around 35 websites and groups. He is the editor of Australian Pictorials: www.australianpictorials.com
This was first published at the coffs harbour city council ratepayers residents & business owners Facebook page on Wednesday 26 February 2020.