1st council meeting for 2017

January 31, 2017

2016 Signe OutdoorsTomorrow night is the first council meeting for 2017. Don’t forget they begin at 6pm sharp and are generally more interesting if you know what is on the agenda.

http://liverpool.infocouncil.biz/Open/2017/02/CO_20170201_AGN_320_AT.PDF

So far the agenda isn’t too taxing and there are a couple of items of particular interest, one being NOM01 being put forward by Cllr Balloot… “That as Liverpool is growing and demand is increasing for affordable housing Council should investigate ways to cut red tape and reduce the time to earmark and prioritise lands for new housing developments in an effort to counter the crisis of housing affordability hitting Sydney currently.”

So where is the question about affordability…? He’s most certainly wanting more houses approved and faster but in reading his question and that of the reply nowhere is mentioned the actual percentage of actual affordable housing needed, nor the manner in which to achieve or even cost factors involved in providing AFFORDABLE HOUSING. It sadly screams to me of calling for one thing in the name of another for the benefit of the developer and nothing for the residents in need of affordable housing. Liverpool and surrounds has a real need for housing that is affordable but nothing in this request for expedience is there a provision to provide anything other than more houses – faster, which in fact does not raise or technically provide affordable housing. What we should be calling for is a provision of a set amount of housing being provided that is actually affordable, but developers won’t jump on board and providing more housing may raise the availability of housing but nothing in here suggests how to make it more affordable. (rent capping or even a hint of it isn’t to be found anywhere)

The other is the New Precinct meetings being proposed quarterly or as needed… this will pretty much mean the abolishment of the community forums of which you know I regularly attend and find a particularly engaging manner of getting residents together. It will be interesting to see if there are any changes made to the proposed format. I note that a Cllr Chairperson is to be nominated which is a bit of a laugh when you consider only Cllrs Harle, Shelton and recently Haggarty ever attend. Well that’s not quite true a couple of other councillors managed an appearance prior to an election here and there but they are not what one would call high on the agenda for the majority of councillors. I imagine there will be some toing and froing for chairing some in the ‘more desireable’ locations but only time will tell. Sadly every-time the council chooses to ‘play’ around with the format of the forums it has a huge cost in the way of attendance and the sceptic in me sees this as more of the same. I”m not sure how the Rural forum attendees are going to feel about their meetings being reduced to quarterly as they have in recent times had good attendance monthly.

Please come up and say hi if you are at the meeting tomorrow night – I try to sit where I can watch the majority of the councillors, how they vote etc

Remember these are your rates being discussed, distributed and dissected it’s in your best interest to know where they are being spent. I also tweet during the meetings, if you aren’t connected to twitter you can still read them as they appear to the right of this post throughout the meeting. Again, I would like to congratulate Kiersten Fishburn on her appointment as CEO. I have always found Kiersten fair, engaging and willing to listen to the community so to me that is a real win for the community especially compared to the formers.

See you tomorrow… council chambers, to the right of the Liverpool Main Library doors at 6pm.

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Time to take stock

November 9, 2016
Signe Westerberg HeadshotsFAV  (78 of 102)I’ve decided that it’s time to turn on some classy music, sit back, thank the gods/goddesses I’m not in the US and look at what we all witnessed today. It’s probably more than what we witnessed tonight but what we’ve been watching for many months now.
Like many I dismissed Donald Trump as the lunatic I think he really is, without taking time to consider that the system is simply failing the people, the workers and the children. Sadly the same is happening here. Those in most need are the ones the middle to right of politics ignores the loudest, they are yelled at, called leaners, reduced to beggars if they cannot support their children satisfactorily. Made feel less. All the while we are the ones who sit back throwing verbal stones of disgust at what our own government is doing to refugees in Nauru and on Manus. I wanted to throw things at the television today when Pauline Hanson began singing the praise of the hate and disunity that has engulfed the US, you know the land of the free, home of the brave etc etc and today it moved closer imo to Nazi Germany than the supposed land of hope and freedom. Not unlike Germany of the day, to be in politics in the US it takes money, lots of it, Hitler was a wealthy man, who like many wanted more and more and those who are left to pay the price and while I’m not suggesting the US is about to install gas chambers, no one who voted for Hitler in the beginning would have dreamt he would eventually do this in order to fulfil his personal desires, not only for wealth but for sovereignty, ideology and hate.
 
So the question is what can I learn from this travesty? What are the lessons we need to learn and what can we do to ensure that our people aren’t left one day facing the same uncertainty and fear that must be touching many of the people of the US tonight. I know this sounds melodramatic and perhaps a little over the top but we have politicians who could more easily than you think, walk the same line, tread the same path and in doing so lead us to the same sorts of  distress and uncertainty.
I read lots today, one thing that resonated with me was a discussion on FaceBook regarding the types of politicians and the direction our own politics is heading. this of course for me is standard reading to a point, I’m what one couldn’t deny politically active perhaps even obsessed. I have stood a number of times to represent my community and I have to admit in the back of my mind I’ve been concerned that perhaps I didn’t’ come from the right situation, not educated enough, certainly not rich enough and it occurs to me, maybe the ordinary, working class person like me is exactly what we need in politics… we’re losing the politicians that were the beginning of the Labor party, the workers, those who knew and understood the needs of their fellow workers, what it was like to struggle at times to make ends meet and let’s face it neither Clinton nor Trump would have a clue, not Turnbull, Abbott and the list goes on and on. Privilege begets privilege and we need more people representing us that actually live the same lives as we do, they know what unemployment feels like, what it’s like to have a sick kid and know that taking the time off work won’t bode well for our employments situation. The fear that removing Medicare and free health is not an inconvenience but a tragedy, a genuine worry. I think we can to a point dismiss those who might fit the bill but sit on the back benches of parliament doing as the party machine says, not willing to stir the pot, expect and demand more.  I’m proud to say my local group is truly representative of today’s community, we have people from all walks of life, people just like you and me who live day to day trying to ensure the future for their families is better than theirs. Many of us are genuinely concerned for the future we are leaving our kids and grandkids and we are working towards making that better. ( all the while being labelled the loony )  The good news is we’re going keep going, we are going to continue to raise the bar in politics, we unlike the old parties have a structure that is guided by the membership not those in ‘power’ so we’re always being held to account. I’m sure we will have many conversations over the coming days, weeks, months as we watch the US become whatever it is destined to become with such a huge change in leadership. It is however the lessons we learn that will separate us.
To digress before I go, today I attended a council advisory meeting at the Library that encourages us as a community to engage in the changes, proposed in the DCP (Development control plan) for the CBD and I encourage everyone to have a look at that and the proposed plan for the Georges River … it’s important, and we really need to speak up, after all the costs of the proposed developments have to be paid for and while Liverpool Council’s  architect attempted to assure me we have pegged rates, the reality is that if our rates are redirected to remedy situations or developments we do so by taking them from somewhere else like services and upkeep.
Back to my music, reading and preparing the submissions to council I need done. If of course your opinion about today’s post or any differs from mine, let me know, better still comment, share your views, your feelings on today’s outcome etc.
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One day to go

September 9, 2016
2016 Signe OutdoorsHi all, Just popping in the say Hi and to remind all of you in Liverpool, Fairfield and Campbelltown that tomorrow is election day. We have amazing Greens running in each electorate, people who are dedicated to serving the community, people who aren’t developers and real estate agents and don’t have a sub-agenda for seeking your vote. Please take a few minutes to look over the information shared with you by those candidates, look at our facebook pages – this and my @swesterberggreens Have a look at the information and consider giving the Greens your vote in Liverpool, Fairfield and Campbelltown (& other LGA’s this weekend).
Ask yourself, will this candidate put me and my family before big developers? Will this candidate speak up for us? Has this candidate a record for fighting for our residents? Did this candidate just show up this election and have no impact in the community prior? Is this candidate making promises they simply cannot deliver on? Is this candidate capable of working as part of a team to ensure we get the best outcomes?
 
Gone are the days where party loyalty is enough, gone are the days when you can just assume they are in it for the right reasons.
 
Before I go I would also like to publically thank my amazing colleagues in the Fairfield Liverpool Greens, despite the outcome this weekend, you have been simply amazing, outstanding and We’re gunna work your butts off tomorrow 🙂 To the Campaign team in Glebe and our extraordinary Volunteers – thank you.
 
I will highlight just a couple of outstanding efforts, Andre who has put together all those pretty pictures and taglines for me and made me look organised and professional and hours and hours on PrePoll. Rudge and Roxie for the time and expertise they put into the fantastic video, John and Bill for their tireless support and amazing skills and by no means least my wonderful daughter and my husband who have quietly worked behind the scenes to keep me sane and on track.
 
The incredible teams on North and South wards, each and everyone would be an amazing asset to our council, to the unbelieveable team of volunteers who have and will be on polling places tomorrow.  We still have a number of gaps and unmanned booths (so please call me if you have an hour or so).
 
A BIG BIG BIG thank you from the bottom of my heart. Most residents have very little idea of the dedication and commitment that goes into each and every election.
To my opponents on Prepoll, thank you, we may not agree on politics but we have worked alongside each other now for a couple of weeks. For me there has been no adversarial or nastiness, unfortunately that’s not the case for some. Let’s hope the Liverpool voters get it right and give us a truly committed and varied group of councillors who are there for the people not personal gain.
 
See you out and about tomorrow…Vote 1 Greens if you want more green than concrete, more passion than payoff, more transparency  than secrecy.
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Only a few more sleeps

September 6, 2016

2016 Signe OutdoorsCouncil elections are this Saturday, there is still much to do and I’m very keen to get some more volunteers on polling places this week. (please let me know if you can spare a few hours to help hand out) The genuine warmth at the rail station this morning was great and the fact that around 400 people got to see a snapshot of what our ideas for council are is fabulous.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working on the Carnes Hill Pre Poll station, (albeit it tiring) and meeting residents. I expect in the coming days it will get busier and busier and of course Saturday is going to be huge. My colleague Andre has been a gun on the TAFE pre poll and with the backup of some amazing Greens from local groups.

I like many of you came home to a plethora of mail from the Liberals and one from LCIT. It saddens me that even now just days out from an election the nastiness prevails. Accusations and comments that only tell half a story and to know that the chances of  both of the existing councillors being back on council only convinces me more and more that there is a real place for me and my team on this council. It is also stunning how any change over the last 4 years has now been given ownership, with no regard to the fact that there are 11 councilors, not just two old tired teams and Peter. I know that if this is the case even while in campaign mode they are struggling to tell the absolute truth or play nice out of the playpen nothing will be better on council unless there is genuine new blood and a move away from the old parties and old guard independents. There seems to be significant confidence from the old guard of their reelection and my hope is that the community will give them the good shaking up they need.

I still ask the same question, if they (those seeking your re election) have achieved little or are making enormous promises now, why weren’t they enacted upon during the 8 years these councillors have had your rates, your trust and your faith? From those we don’t know, they continue to make promises they have absolutely no knowledge they can actually keep. Neither are regulars at the council meetings and while one has attended once or twice not all is as it seems once elected.While I may not have been elected previously, I have attended all but 3 council meetings and my hope that while I’ve shared much over the last 9 years, there would be more information as a councillor available and the community would be far more informed than they are now.

One thing about elections is that it does allow you time to reflect on the things that are important and with the amazing talent of a couple of our members (Roxie and Rudge) I am delighted to be able to share with you a short video to showcase my passions for Liverpool.

More in a day or so, please let me know if you have a couple of hours on Saturday, we have t-shirts and those working over lunch will have it provided for them.  Please share the video widely, especially amongst your friends in Liverpool… we need their support and we need the genuine change in council.

 

See you at Holsworthy station in the morning.

 

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BENEFITS VS LIABILITIES

August 20, 2015

Signe Westerberg HeadshotsFAV (78 of 102)Here we are in August 2015, we have a Liberal National Government, a Liberal State Government and a Liberal majority local government. So let’s look at the benefits we get from this as Liverpudlians. We Get a Mega Modal at Moorebank, we get immeasurable damage to our air quality, safety and our river, we get an Airport at Badgerys Creek without a rail link but it too will have another paid expressway, we get more trucks on our local roads, we get lots of pictures of the Mayor, we get infighting amongst those same local Libs that makes the Mainstream media regularly, we get a lot of stomping and stamping from MP’s Craig Kelly and Melanie Gibbons, we get to lose our historical presence at the Military barracks for all time thanks to said intermodal, we get committees locally that are predominantly business people, who don’t necessarily live here, directing the way we head economically in Liverpool, we get lots more pollution, we get waaay more congestion, we get no noise barriers on the M5, we get more noise along the SSFL and we get another lane on the M5 (someone has to provide for all those trucks) we get millions of dollars spent ensuring the Mayor and his cronies get a mall  in Liverpool built before the next election, we get greater housing infill, higher rise developments, we get looser planning instruments thanks to the state government, we get less of a voice over development in our communities, we get the threat of amalgamated councils,  we get more public transport, just kidding thats not happening, we get a council intent on selling our public space and pocket parks, oops that’s reclassification in view to sell, we get a proposal that at the cost of several million George and Northumberland Streets will be opened to two way traffic (imagine for one minute accessing the car park in Northumberland St from the south/north lane and the safety???)

So how is  having the party in power working for us in Liverpool…. no too well in my opinion? What’s worse we get people who sing the praise of the Mannouns, Kellys and Gibbons’s who being part of the party of power are basically voiceless in their own parties. What the bloody hell for I ask… anyone can stand on a soap box and decry all the problems but wouldn’t you think electing those in power would bring some of that power to our community, IT SEEMS NOT, in fairness we’re getting more Voice from the likes of Alan Jones than electing any of these politicians has afforded us and Alan is quite selective in what he supports and what he doesn’t,of course his prerogative. We also get a pretty much silent opposition from the Labor members elected, but in fairness it’s their turn to say we aren’t in government we can only try. At council meetings you will see some councillors of opposition try but I have commented before at the appalling manner in which they are treated, so 3 years in I think that their opposition  has lessened or  a the very least been beaten down.

I look at the list above and think may be all those ‘we gets’ are the liabilities…not the benefits and we’ll continue to get nothing while ever the community blindly follows the old parties down which ever track they choose to pull us.

AND…before anyone tells me we’re finally getting stuff happening in Liverpool, most of the proposed local upgrades and improvements have been long planned and while timely for this elected bunch they were at least on the drawing board for some time. Some changes in location but some might say thats to appease a particular local business or two not the community. I know I was on one of the committees who worked on them in years past. The only real change is the willingness, even eagerness of this council to borrow money from the future (TIF for ten years) to ensure things  ‘happen’ during this term.

So over to you, please share your list of benefits and liabilities, its nearly that time of year when I do a run down on council in the last 12 months. How are your local roads looking, do you feel you are better informed with what is happening with your rates dollars, are the facilities in your area up to the standard you want, need, desire? There will be as always differing opinions, not everyone watches as closely as I do to what happens in Liverpool. Not everyone cares or has the time to speak up but if you’d like to register some items here that you feel makes a difference, please do.

We have a great city, a wonderful community and a rich vibrant mix of residents, share your views, your ideas, the things you love about Liverpool today, perhaps even those things you miss.

Lastly don’t forget next week is the council meeting, you can check out the agenda online tomorrow, presently there is only an attachment document. We have just on 12months to an election, you will hear lots and lots over the coming months, most of it will be self promotion but who knows I could be wrong.

Lastly,  there was a meeting about air quality and impacts at the Hilda M Davis centre tonight, sadly work commitments prevented me making it on time, so if you happened to make it, please share the outcome, Cathy Oke was up from Victoria as one of the key drivers of this initiative so I am keen to hear what you thought about it.

More soon once I”ve had a chance to read the business papers…remember our parks will be on the agenda either this month or next so watch this space.

 

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PS… all the business papers are online at:            http://www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/council/council-meetings/Council-Meeting-Business-Papers

 

 

 

 

 


Greens Candidate for Holsworthy

January 29, 2015

Has a nice ring to it don’t you think?

 

Signe Westerberg Headshots (38 of 102)I am very pleased to advise that I have been preselected as the Greens candidate for Holsworthy in the upcoming state election. Find below my media release and a little back ground. (a portion of which appeared in todays Liverpool Leader)

Fairfield – Liverpool Greens – MEDIA RELEASE – 19th January, 2015
Signe Westerberg is the Greens candidate for the NSW Electorate of
Holsworthy

The Fairfield-Liverpool Greens have endorsed Mrs. Signe Westerberg as their candidate for Holsworthy in the NSW election on 28 March 2015.

“I’m excited at the opportunity to give the voters of Holsworthy an alternative to the tired old Labor and Liberal parties”, Mrs. Westerberg said.

Signe is an active member of the Community, she works tirelessly for equality and ensuring our residents are heard at all levels of government.
“The Greens are being seen by many more voters as a progressive alternative to the major parties, with a proven track record in the NSW parliament of working in the public interest.”

Mrs Westerberg said: “The Greens will be campaigning to put planning back in the hands of the local community. She believes Holsworthy could have a real voice in the NSW parliament if the people decided enough is enough and said no to the tired old parties and yes to a progressive jobs focused environmental party. It’s time we demanded cleaner, future focused employment for our youth and No to unwanted destructive automated development in the South west with Holsworthy bearing the brunt of it. Very few Businesses will be encouraged to set up in an electorate whose roads are clogged and inaccessible, the air polluted and the public space spoiled.

Well planned and thought out public transport, consideration for the local community in planning decisions, and welcoming businesses that brings future focused renewable jobs to people in Holsworthy are essential to our long term growth and wellbeing.

Holsworthy has so much to be proud of, so much to fight for, its diversity, its pristine environment and its beautiful river system. It’s unacceptable that poor planning decisions endanger our health, our growth and our environment.

The NSW government has for too long sold off our assets to the highest bidder and failed to address the real needs of the community.

Mrs Westerberg invites the community to get to know all the candidates representing them at the upcoming election and to visit both the Fairfield Liverpool Greens and her personal website to get to know her and our policies better.
All NSW Greens’ policies are available on: www.nsw.greens.org.au
The electorate encompassed by Holsworthy is a fabulous place with wonderful residents and deserves a representative who not only wants to the here but one who will work for them. We don’t need career politicians looking for the next stepping stone.
For more information contact:

Signe Westerberg (biography and photos attached) – 0412 920 057 holsworthy@nsw.greens.org.au or her personal web page:www.signe4liverpool.wordpress.com

Biography – Signe Westerberg, Greens Candidate for Holsworthy.

Signe has grown up in Liverpool moving here from Riverwood in 1960 as a small child. She has raised her family, worked and owned a small business. Signe understands that to be heard we have to stand up, speak up and not let up. She has participated in numerous council committees and community groups including the Environment Advisory Committee of council, The Georges River combined councils committee. She is a passionate campaigner for equity and fairness and works to raise awareness of our needs. Signe has been outspoken on issues such as Save Coopers Paddock, the need for Noise walls on the M5 and Casula rail line and opposing the mega modal in Moorebank. Signe has represented the Greens as a candidate previously and believes Holsworthy is ready to embrace change and vote Greens. Mrs Westerberg is a well known resident who has shown a dedication to forwarding a positive and inclusive message for all residents.

For more information: Signe Westerberg 0412 920 057

Greens NSW
nsw.greens.org.au
The Greens have a number of MPs and Councillors in NSW and give a strong voice to community and the environment.
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Council Meeting and More

February 28, 2014

Signe Westerberg Headshots (38 of 102)As is always the case I like to up date you on what happens at council meetings, it sometimes takes me a few days as I need to cool down and/or gather my thoughts before I write, however  I am bamboozled, a little angry and a lot disappointed – okay so the behaviour of the Councillors towards each other  was a little better than usual however the antics of a couple in relation to DA’s was disturbing.

An obvious omission was  the CEO who is on stress/sickness leave, I guess after being harangued by the Councillors over some weeks and his job situation tenuous this now looks a lot like history being repeated. It appears this is what happens when some Councillors  no longer want a GM around for what ever reason. While I have my issues with Mr Portelli and in my opinion his failings I don’t think there is a place in our council for bullying. Alas this is one of those situations where I believe we will remain in the dark until he is either dismissed, the issue sorted (unlikely) or  he leaves. As I’ve mentioned before, if he is sacked he has over $200,000 in severance pay due him unless dismissal is for some kind of corruption or mismanagement (also unlikely) plus any outstanding moneys owed to him for holidays etc, if he quits well there’d only be the outstanding. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to determine which option anyone in that position would take especially if the issues between an employee and the #powermadmayor and the liberal members cannot be sorted.

Not all things went as the #powermadmayor would have liked on Tuesday night, a couple of his minions didn’t play nice and didn’t vote with the majority, oh no independent thought (lol) . Cllr Balloot was not in attendance and  Cllr Hadchiti was in form trying against rationale to get one particular DA approved…this is the one I’ve now mentioned on three occasions,  he tried everything he could to sway both his fellow Councillors and the staff who had recommended not to approve the motion, to the point of insisting his persistence be noted in the minutes even though deemed illegal, immoral and some other thing. My question who is he trying to impress? Who would need to see his protestations, who would need proof that he had tried every angle to get an inappropriate DA passed….? it  is not to my knowledge normal procedure for such a motion to be included in the minutes in its entirety, yet this one will be and with his name firmly attached.  Refer my two previous posts for more detail. Legal advice from now senior staff member(fmr Cllr) Nadia Napolitano in her capacity of councils legal officer was adamant the amendment he was trying to have pushed through was illegal, the staff who had had dealings with the developer were not to be swayed (they of course only offer advice (not opinion)  based on the information given to them by all those involved)  and while he did manage to confuse other Councillors for a while the final decision from the Mayor that the motion was illegal had it stopped in its tracks. Clearly if the residents of Lachlan Street are keen to get into the apartments they need to be talking to the developer, councils hands are tied until all the issues with the Section 96 and S79c are attended to and all are correct and ultimately safe. This by the way is what we pay our council staff to do, ensure safety and all the ‘i’s dotted and ‘t’s crossed.

Another DA issue came to the fore as well, one about the work wanted by a resident of Newbridge Road,  and some he’d done without consent, in the Voluntary Acquisition Zone along the Georges River. The resident spoke at length about previous DA’s that had been approved under this council and as I’ve said before, some decisions are going to come back and bite and in this case some have…when will some Cllrs learn that this job of theirs requires consistency, that the staff are the professionals and overriding recommendations will have a cost… because none of them are qualified in planning matters, even though Cllr Hadid did proffer a comment that he was.

As I am still unaware of the urgency in which this meeting had to be held, I can only guess what the reasoning was and who’s insistence it was to bring it forward…. but what ever it was meant that the inordinate time spent on the Lachlan St DA meant closing the meeting at 9.30 was never going to happen and they were most certainly not planning on coming back.. so the meeting was extended by another hour.

Other issues discussed were as in the business papers and there are some you might be interested in. The minutes themselves will be online by this today ( Friday) … possibly earlier considering the day being Tuesday not the usual Wednesday.

Last night I attended the GRCCC, I, as many of you know,  am a community representative on the Georges River Combined Councils committee. Last night there were two presentations, one by the CEO of Moorebank Intermodal Company (another from Sydney Water) . I’ve been to a couple of these MIC  presentations before but this was the first time for many on the committee to hear anything about the proposed Intermodal, and through their ignorance of the issues facing the residents of Liverpool got a big tick of approval from at least one Councillor from Hurstville, and as Cllr Ristevski wasn’t in attendance (again) and with the new format Councillors get to speak/ask questions first, then staff and if time permits community reps, no one was on hand to put some local perspective to the issue in the time allocated. 😦  What is the point of having Councillors appointed to committees if they are regularly ‘no show’s’ and let’s face it too many of ours have little to no commitment to attend the committees they are on.  On a positive note, some of the suggestions, I and other residents have put forward to the MIC have been addressed and some included in the proposals and they will be on display on the website some time soon, including the water, air and sound monitoring  that I and no doubt others asked to be posted on the MIC website…real base line figures that will allow the monitoring and changes to be recorded and compared  if the need arises. The comment from MIC that possibility of moving the Moorebank Intermodal  to Badgerys Creek will not be happening, although he didn’t rule out that another Intermodal could be built in Badgerys Creek and  another at Rooty Hill just to accommodate the influx of the ever increasing imports and their distribution to west and south western Sydney. Clearly we import too much… perhaps we should focus our dollars on buying Aussie product ?

I have to say, I am tired of promises and wishes, I really would like to see some genuine representation and commitment other than how to be re-elected in 2016… having our #powermadmayor’s face plastered over anything and everything, lots of promises and credit being taken for things that were set in place before this term of council might be blinding those who don’t pay attention but for those of us who do its just too much. From what I’m seeing and hearing this Liberal majority is re irecting funds and borrowings that will leave future Councillors bound and unable to address issues as they occur in coming years. TIF (Town improvement funds) money being committed for up to 10 years so that any new council elected will not be able to change, adjust or direct money to needs as they occur, so I hope we end up happy with the commitments of this council because they are making changes no one will be able to undo or have the money to change and that is just the CBD. All the while over $6 million dollars sits in a bank account – (Iconic building fund) waiting waiting waiting… for some kind of memorial/testament/whatever, all the while basic infrastructure needs are being left waiting, rates are increased (that request was sent to IPART on Monday) and safety issues such as the new road in Warwick Farm go begging. Interestingly, many of the complaints I’ve heard in the past about Labor Councillors of old are being repeated by Liberal Councillors of now…is it that nothing really changes, people are people and everything stays the same  or worse, we really don’t learn from the past?

Clearly there will be some who disagree, and that’s fine,some of  these things have been nagging at me for days, I am happy for your opinions to be added to mine, just send them to me and I’ll include them.

ps…don’t forget to send your comments regarding the items on exhibition on  the council pages… it’s your council, your rates money, have a say.

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