We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.
~ C. JoyBell C
WOW what a busy time, preparing for, participating in and organising support for the election was all consuming, however it was also amazingly humbling. I have written to all my amazing volunteers and thanked them personally however I’d like to thank them all publicly as well. Elections bring out the best and worst in some people, however I was truly blessed to be surrounded by the most amazing people on election day. While the majority of them were supporting the Greens it must be said that on the majority of booths I visited all the workers were passionate, polite and supportive of each other, something I can only hope the elected government could aspire to. Pre-Poll was the same, workers from every party showed real grace and professionalism with very few exceptions. thank you one and all. Hats off to Branden from the ALP who spent much of his time making sure all the volunteers of all ilks did so in a pleasant and supportive environment, while I was unable to attend every day, he kindly set up the A-frame each morning and packed it away each evening and not just for me but anyone who wasn’t able to do so themselves.
While the outcome was not of my personal preference, it was that of the majority of the community and that I acknowledge. I think the average Joe and Josephine is in for some unpleasant shocks over the coming years, then again its only 3 years and we get to do it all again. If I am proven wrong they may get another shot, however if I am right we the people get a chance to make it right. All I ask is that in this coming three years you genuinely look at what your elected person does, says and actually achieves, promises are easy and cheap, throw away lines are exactly that, but respect and faith have to be earned. We also need to consider who actually sticks around, even though not elected. Who will continue to live up to the promises they made during the election, to follow through, participate and support the community. We all know we were graced with the usual, ‘I only appear at election time’, candidates, the blow ins that appear for a minute then disappear until the next election and some who went back to their electorates, unlikely to be seen again.
Congratulations to the ALP’s Laurie Ferguson (Werriwa) and Chris Hayes (Fowler) and to the LNP’s Craig Kelly (Hughes), remember to hold them to their promises to stand up for you and our community. I’d also like to send a special thank you to Alison Megarrity, while unsuccessful this time, I got to know her a little better over the election period and was impressed with her integrity and kindness. It is easy to see why she was held in such high regard when she was a state MP.
So onto what’s next…in my case its keeping an eye on council, participating in local activities and groups and picking up my writing a little more, I’ve been somewhat distracted from this blog and plan to remedy this asap.
so… NEXT…tomorrow night at 5pm Liverpool councillors called another Extraordinary meeting, two weeks before the next scheduled one, so it will be interesting to see what was sooooo important to need to spend our rates money on a meeting that if someone actually organised things properly could have no doubt waited until the scheduled meeting and avoided the additional costs associated with the extraordinary event. Having just quickly read through the agenda, I cannot see what the urgency is, two DA’s, the CCTV and the management of Leisure centres… how do any of these fit the criteria of urgency that could justify the calling of this meeting? Then again the Mayoral minute fiasco is possibly just the pre-curser of many changes that may not fit into the reasonable use of our rates and professionalism of our council. Personal endorsements by the Mayor of private businesses and individuals at community events are sadly becoming the norm, albeit not appropriate it doesn’t’ seem to slow them down.
Also a reminder that the Casula Powerhouse art centre is presently showing some amazing exhibitions, well worth the trip to have a look see.
Lastly a huge congratulations to 2GLF our local radio station who celebrated its 30th birthday on Saturday (7th) considering the day falling on election day I have had amazing reports on the successful event, The Governor not only opened the proceedings but stayed for High tea and a real credit to the organisers including my dear friend Carol North Samardzic who worked and planned this event for many many months… please take some time to check out their website – pictures should be posted soon.
Maybe I’ll see you at tomorrows council meeting, come up and say hello and maybe this time tomorrow night I’ll be able to answer the urgency questions… then maybe not.