Some Basic Help With Town Council Elections

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.

The Coffs Harbour City Council in session some thrree years ago. Photo – NBN News.

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.

A more recent picture of a CHCC meeting. Photo: Trevor Veale, The Coffs Coast Advocate

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:

This was first published at the coffs harbour city council ratepayers residents & business owners Facebook page on Wednesday 26 February 2020.

8 thoughts on “Some Basic Help With Town Council Elections

  1. Yes Yes Yes we took our eye off the last/current lot and look where we are now .
    We need to ask a lot of questions from a lot of people .
    We need to talk to each other not hide behind the old saying that’s my personal view .

  2. Yes Bill, unfortunately we are “hoist by our own petard!”
    It is indeed a sad commentary when our Council decision making process has stalled, and we are victims of the whimsical Mayoral casting vote. History shows that absolute power is extremely dangerous, and our LGA imprisonment will continue for another seven months! Since last July we have begged for consultation – nothing more – only to be treated with insolent distain. The damage will now be escalated until August!
    Requests for a Public Enquiry should be raining down on the State Government desks of the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Planning and the Premier to plead for our case to be publicly heard.

  3. I note that Labor is running a slate for Council. This should be stopped. Do not vote for a party slate. Let each candidate run on their own merits

  4. Just as political party connections of local government candidates should be scrutinised I believe candidates with connections to organisations such as local Chambers of Commerce should be equally scrutinised.

    Your article basically states we shouldn’t vote for candidates who have been endorsed by political parties. If this is to be the case then we shouldn’t vote for any candidates with any connections to local Chambers of Commerce.

    We have these in our council at present and look at the block they are putting forward. These individuals are just as directed in the way they are to vote on certain issues as are candidates representing political parties.

    You can’t say one type of candidate is bad and not assume the same thing of another who represents a strong self interested business lobby group that equally may not have the interests of the wider community at heart.

    1. NSW Labor Opposition’s push to ban developers and realestate agents from sitting on councils will be a good start in cleaning up local government in NSW.

  5. Keep focused on the September Council elections! This campaign promises to be the most hotly contested in our history. Already we have “party politics” raising its ugly head, and there will be more to follow. It is our task to separate “the wheat from the chaff” in finding nine honourable candidates. Start looking now for those trusted citizens to steady our ship. If we fail to do so, we can expect more of the same.

    1. We just have to keep those Chamber of Commerce candidates as far away from our council as possible otherwise we may as well just allow the council to be filled with developers. Every voter should closely vet candidates for connections to what amounts to a business union, the Chamber of Commerce and where evident place that candidate at the bottom of their ballot. Candidates should be asked at candidate meetings if they have connections with the Chamber of Commerce as this is no different to having connections to a political party. It’s obvious we have council employees with business acumen we don’t need the councillors as well as this delivers what we have now a serious imbalance. We need a council comprised of people with the good of the residents at heart not the good of particular businesses or business people. We need a council that is designed to serve the people not one designed to have the people serve their needs.

  6. Some readers of Outlook might already be involved with Sensible Centre. In case not, here is an except from an email newsletter I received from them:

    “Local government needs major reform and innovation. We want to identify and develop innovation and reform ideas that empower local communities and connect citizens, and introduce new enabling roles for local government. We have a working group of people looking into ways in which local governments can do things differently. You can find out more at

    Sensible Centre follows, in effect, the deliberative democracy (aka participatory democracy) model, developed successfully in Indi at the Federal level. See the Voices for Indi website (, which includes a statement of ‘the Indi Way” (

    This is not the old top-down method of doing politics. It is bottom-up and grounded in the community and its needs — the sort of thing we need in Coffs Harbour.

    Political parties would be beside the point (which would be okay, because, as far as I know, the Constitution does not even mention them).

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