WOW…the time is going so fast. Only a little over a week to go in this election campaign and I cannot tell you how delighted I am to be in such a privileged position as to be able to speak with residents each and every day. I can tell you how proud I am of the amazing team we are putting forward in this election. Each and every one of them would be a wonderful addition to Liverpool Council and its a priviledge to work alongside them.
Wednesday night was the final council meeting for this term, a good deal of time was spent electioneering for the 7 councillors who are seeking your vote again, a few good byes and a whole lot of ….leave it to the next lot. So it’s official, not only have they left the next term of councillors a pretty crap budget, undetermined asbestos problems, staff morale at an all time low but this week they decided to leave a number of items to the next group. Seriously while I am always the first and often the only voice calling for due diligence, holy crap a donation to Macedonia and Italy in their time of need was not that big a call. Over the past 8 years some councillors shuffled enormous amounts of money for all and sundry and not all as deserving.
The big winner of the night was when in the departing Mayor admitted he’d not been able to work with everyone. Well that was an understatement but at least an acknowledgement I guess. Cllr Ristevski didn’t waste an opportunity to put in a final dagger or two before he was missed off the ‘I’ve enjoyed working with you’ list of the Mayor. The whole Propel issues lives on, with the independent report being handed on to ICAC, another of the deferred decisions for the next council. Importantly most of the candidates seeking your vote will have no clue about the issues that have been on and off the agenda for so long other than what they’ve heard in the press. Today we’ve made the news yet again and the comparison between this disaster of a council and the one who had us put into administration had best not be the comparison used in the future because some of us actually know and have seen the happenings of this bunch.
Alas those seeking your vote who have been on council should be scrutinised quite aggressively, what have they actually contributed to the council over their tenure as councillors. If elected to council I will work to ensure that all voting information will be made publically available. Calling oneself independent doesn’t necessarily mean candidates aren’t aligned. While Greens are sometimes seen in agreement of ALP policy we are not bound in any way to following blindly, our whole remit is to assess each piece of information on its own merit, we vote according to what is in the best interests of the whole community and stand proudly by our reputation to do exactly that when a matter is not in the line with our core beliefs. (I will print them below so you can see the tenets by which our decisions are made) Council should be about caring for the community, creating services to fill the needs of that community and reduce costs wherever possible. During the meeting our #powermadmayor (for not long now) took to highlighting some of the issues in the budget, minus a detail or two and taking credit for changes that he and his cohorts actually obstructed which meant many of those projects were actually delayed in the first term.
There will be issues that need to be addressed by the new council, firstly there will have to be very close scrutiny of some of the budget decisions, a very, very close look at the Propel agreement and investigation into same and a serious discussion about the number of jobs that have been outsourced to consultants. Planning issues are a big part of any council and we will need to see what can be done to ensure social and affordable housing options can be set up to ensure our city’s homeless numbers reduce,not grow. Especially important will be to ensure that the community is privy to the actions and decisions of council. Transparency has not been the strong suit of this particular term. Council can and should be the first point of call for citizens needing advice about planning, the go to place for questions and a source of information in relation to many social issues, even those they cannot be directly responsible for, many don’t realise the lobbying ability of council and this needs to be explored. The days need to come to an end where the local member is only heard from in parliament when he/she can bash the council for poor decisions. More soon….
Ecological sustainability | Social equality and economic justice
| Grassroots democracy | Peace, nonviolence and disarmament
LASTLY. If you have some spare time anytime next week or on Saturday the 10th we are still looking for people to help us hand out at Pre-Poll and on Election day. We will provide a light lunch and a T-shirt just give me a call or email me at email@example.com.
I am thrilled to be able to introduce our amazing team for this September’s council elections. I’ve read through all the candidate profiles and it appears only two are non residents, Mr Balloot (Bexley) and Ms Rhodes (Lansvale). North Ward is the lesser contested of the two wards, we have in ballot order: LCIT, Liberals, Labor and the Greens with one single independent while the South ward seems a bit more popular, again in ballot order. Liberals, LCIT The Greens Labor and 1 x Liberal Independent party followed by 1 x Animal Justice Party candidate and a single Independent.
As always I took the time to read through the comments, reasons why candidates have put themselves forward, alas there isn’t much to read. LCIT have a few and our Greens team leads have a full and detailed statements.
I won’t be commenting on the decision of the former #powermadmayor not to run or his endorsement of deputy mayor, all I can say is I genuinely hope voters do more than take an endorsement as enough reason to vote for someone and they look closely at the field of candidates for themselves. Mr Sim has run in the past only last time from memory he only ran as the Mayoral Candidate, this time he has a team for south ward and is running as the Mayoral candidates as well.
Most importantly I’d like to introduce our Greens team:
South Ward Lead: Lance Westerberg
North Ward Lead and Mayoral Candidate – (Me) Signe Westerberg
All are fabulous contributing members of the Fairfield Liverpool Greens and anyone of them would be an amazing asset to Liverpool Council. It is such a pleasure to be associated with candidates who have such passion for their city, who aren’t developers or real estate agents and who genuinely offer different perspectives, ideas and talents. Over the coming weeks I will share with you information about our key issues etc.
http://http://candidates.elections.nsw.gov.au/ This link will take you to the page, scroll down to Liverpool City council and click either North ward or South ward to read about each of the candidates.
I found searching by Area quicker in both the Wards and Mayoral but there are options so click around and learn a bit about your candidates. Sadly as I mentioned above, very few provided a candidate statement or indication that they have or have not been on council in the last term.
Below are the links directly to our Greens lead candidate statements. I am sure over the coming weeks there will be plenty of stories in the local press about who is running. etc. Remember this is your council, your rates money and your vote, use it wisely. With a bit of planning we will have a diverse 11 councillors who will work for our city, our families, our businesses and our environment and are not dominated by one party or another.
Fairfield council candidates have been announced also I’ll post them here if you are interested, just let me know. My friend and colleague Bill Cashman is running for Mayor and Lead candidate in Parks and has a team of 12 covering every ward in Fairfield. Not bad for a small local group to be able to field 22 amazing candidates in two council areas. 🙂
For now, happy reading,
If you would like to host one of our posters, help hand out flyers or even better hand out for us on Election day or at pre poll please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org we, as I mentioned before are a small group and without your help we will have to concentrate on a few booths, with your help we can cover more. So please give me a call or email me, there is a booth with your name on it in Liverpool (& Fairfield)