As anyone who reads this blog knows I attend all regularly scheduled council meetings, to do so with an informed and clear view of the proceedings I actually read the business papers when they become available… mostly on the Friday afternoon preceding the meeting – A habit I wish more Councillors partook of…especially considering they have the benefit of receiving them earlier and briefing sessions to explains any nuances.
A quick look through this weeks papers makes me smile… you see Cllr Hadchiti is seeking funding for a schools fete, a private school that holds some great regular events for their students and families… what gives me hope is that if Council approves the $5,000 fund request and the installation of a council stall at this fete, I will be contacting all the local schools suggesting they contact Councillor Hadchiti and do the exact same thing. Fair is Fair !!! I am a little concerned about the possible budget blow out considering we have over 70 schools in our LGA and at $5,000 a piece we might see a dint in the infrastructure/events budget, but what’s good for one will not doubt be supported for all. Considering the additional time I will have on my hands shortly I can see this as fun project as I’ve worked in a few schools and the idea of a $5,000 fund boost will see some great inclusions over the LGA some great events and equality of participation is always fun.
I notice Cllr Ristevski is resigning from another committee, shame considering there was so much enthusiastic engagement from them in the first instance (I am being facetious) and attendance by some has been less than 50% I”m sure his Liberal colleagues will rally to fill the void.
To also remind Cllr Ristevski that when they call for the writing off of debt, less is more.. not the other way around.- (remembering last years confusion.:-) )
Assuming all the proposed changes to engagement are carried by Councillors we can hear the death knell call for community forums, the number held will be reduced and the locations changed regularly… creating this inconsistency will surely have numbers fall and the justification for cancelling them completely handled. OF course I hope I”m wrong here as I love the interaction with the community through these forums, but since the move from Mill Road to the Council chambers the numbers have fallen slightly… but there are a few diligent and committed residents and my hope stands eternal that they will continue and flourish. Sometimes being wrong is ok, especially if the outcome I predict is incorrect.
I like Cllr Stanley s call for a clean up of Light horse park, considering how highly it rated in the engagement strategy it may just get done – woohoo. Such a significant part of Liverpool’s History.
Nice to see some of the communities comments were actioned in the responses to the draft Strategic, Delivery and Operations plans, an enormous amount of work goes into these by staff and sadly comparatively not a lot of response from the community in return. Some responses were clearly better than others, I guess its perspective!
New access to information and interaction with Staff policy is necessary considering the diverse range of group/team leaders now employed, some may have slightly more direct access considering past acquaintances but nice to see it outlined – again.
Lastly my personal favorite, Item NOMO 02 put forward by Cllr Hadchiti, who along with his colleagues made many attacks on the previous Mayor for her column content in the local papers wants his moment in the sun oops mean Leader/Champion… he would like reinstated the addition of a Mayors column and a Councillor column to the local papers. What a hypocritical turn of events… he was part of the barrage of nastiness that lead to the removal of the Mayor and Councillor columns in the first place. Seems now things have changed, there is a Liberal Mayor and a Liberal majority and he’d like to spread his wings into the public arena and its now not enough to address local papers but to engage with the wider ‘ethnic’ community- well councillor, its a nice idea, and it was when the previous mayoral column appeared, then at I believe her own expense it continued… so my suggestion is, if its good enough for one Mayor then its good enough for all… by all means have as many columns as you are prepared to pay for yourself…after all that was basically the decision foisted upon Cllr Waller so she could continue to communicate with the residents.
Still lots more to read that is just a quick outline of some of the items, of course there are development issues and all but that will take a closer look over the weekend.
Anything of real interest I’ll let you know or simply pop on line to http://www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/14704/AGENDA-26-JUNE-2013-Part-1-Minutes-23-May-and-29-May-pg-1-51.pdf and have a read for yourself…
happy weekend all…
Note the council meeting this month is on the 26th at 6pm at the Francis Greenway Centre