Funny how some things seem clearer and brighter after a good old chat. This weekend saw a small group of locals get together to discuss their dreams and aspirations for the coming 12 months and more. What am I referring to…? this weekend the local Fairfield Liverpool Greens group had a simple picnic in the park… (Note to self: some better organisation for next time) but one of the most inspiring things is when we get together the discussion is of positive things for the future of our two LGA’s. Our hopes for the future of our cities, the inevitable hope for Greens to be included in the mix and the methods we hope to employ to bring our councillors together in common (not so political) goals. I also had the pleasure of attending another group meeting where the discussion again with fellow Greens was how we can all work together when elected to councils. The one thing that inspires me is that the Greens don’t speak in terms of when we have the majority, or when we lead, the conversations almost exclusively talk about how to bring groups together, how all the different groups can be brought into the ‘tent’ to work as one for the good of the community. The sceptics will say it’s because we don’t have the option to think in overall terms, but the reality is there are already councils in NSW where Greens councillors are the majority, and it is in conversation with these people that I get the all encompassing feeling that a city moving forward is one where people work together.
The joy that any campaign run by us will be focussing on the community and the welfare of our residents, not on how to beat one group or another, which was the overwhelming focus of the last council election in 2008… our goal, our campaign is always going to be how best we can represent the entire community, even those who think we have two heads or that the sky is falling.
A little dose of inspiration sure brightens you up, with a big week ahead… Eastern Forum tomorrow night, our local Greens meeting on Wednesday, a wedding on Saturday and my daughter’s Birthday on Sunday, seems I will continue to be around positive happy people.
Don’t forget next week’s council meeting was moved to Wednesday the 28th and should prove an, as always, interesting event… the Central Forum is on the Tuesday 27th. Please note in your diary also the Carbon Tax debate on the 5th October… more details will follow however at this stage Senator Lee Rhiannon has confirmed attendance at 7pm at the Francis Greenway Centre Council Chambers in George St.
As always, watch this space, if I see, hear or read anything of interest to our community I will post it here… for the first time in a while I don’t have a submission due however the following link has recently appeared of the council website, an alteration to the LLEP for Heathcote Road, have a read and comment if you have something you’d like to contribute.