I thought I’d pop in and say hi to all those who are returning to work next week or those who already have returned. I understand how busy life is and I encourage you to drop by my page from time to time to see what is happening in our council. I am pleased to see my regular readership is increasing and I welcome everyone to share their opinion just as I share mine.
Liverpool council spends your rates money and it is important you know where it is going and are happy with the way it is being spent.
To that end I cannot encourage you enough to voice your views on the proposed rate increase, whether you agree or disagree council needs to hear from you. If you are pressed for time there is a survey on line, its not great but you can have a say, http://www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/growing-liverpool-2023-special-rate-variation-srv Better still if you can spare a few minutes and write to the council and tell them why or why not a rates increase is justified and how you feel about it. Liverpool City Council. Locked Bag 7064 Liverpool NSW 1871, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 36 2170 and speak to the lovely customer service staff who will note your concerns.
It strikes me many of us have not had a pay increase in a long time and with job prospects and certainty not guaranteed many of us are far from feeling secure in committing additional funds when so many areas in council could already be trimmed. Sadly it’s the blatant disregard for our rates money that has me reeling so often in this blog and I do sincerely believe there are ways our Councillors could be more considerate of the impost.
A Question? Is seeing the mayor constantly front and centre in both the local papers more like self promotion than much else? While it could be said ‘he’s’ promoting Liverpool, to Liverpudlians ????, where are our other elected 10 councillors? Is our #powermadmayor going it alone? are his views the only ones that count? OR is this a clever ploy to convince the public that he alone is the savour of our city, thereby ensuring his return in 2016? I would think the other 10 might have a view on this or appreciate a moment in the sun to sing their own praise. What do you think? Is this again a cost (self promotion in a number of papers instead of genuine engagement) you feel justified?
I attend the council meetings and while from time to time there is a flurry of verbal self promotion. Decisions made by Liverpool Councillors should be seen as a merging of ideas and a defined need to serve the people who elected them. I am the first to say that the present majority is anything but open to the views of others but are the others in the majority being given the bums rush when it comes to public recognition?
I have heard that the issue of the CEO’s continued employment will again rise at the forthcoming council meeting 5/2/14 ? I am very keen to see if the Division of Local Government is genuinely there to oversee the smooth running of local councils or will it be turning a blind eye to the many issues raised by residents who have written to them when it comes to the operation/management of Liverpool City council. I am hopeful that we the community will be well served and that we are not thrust into a situation where egos cost us in the vicinity of $241,150 in severance pay and that employment openings don’t in themselves provide ‘jobs for the boys’ at our cost. Time will tell I guess – I do however have my ‘fingers crossed’ for the community and that our needs will be paramount. I am also very keen to know what it is the present CEO has done to deserve the wrath of our #powermadmayor and why or what is so important to leave many staff insecure about their future when the CEO’s position so tenuous?
For now that’s about it, Council is again hosting the Australia Day event on the 26th, I will post more details shortly and while there are arguments for and against Australia Day celebrations, it is in my opinion a day where we can come together and celebrate a positive future, where we can focus on what we can achieve together not what divides us.
Until then, be well and please don’t hesitate to make comment… a quick thanks to Peter Harle for his comments regarding the New Year celebrations, sadly his was the only received but I’ve posted it for your information.