I have had a little time since the last post, clearly I expected to be able to bring you good news about the return to appropriate in relation to the Mayoral Minutes, but sadly our self serving majority chose not to return policy to the Mayoral Minutes and our #powermadmayor and his cohorts decided to ‘note the report’ and do nothing with it. Unfortunately while that is not the outcome I had hoped for or imo appropriate, it should not surprise when only one submission was received…mine.…and without significant support the return to Mayoral minutes being used as they should be for items of urgency etc it didn’t happen. While one should expect our Cllrs would do what is right without having to be ‘encouraged’ by the community, it’s not like the majority will do the ‘right’ thing without concerted pressure…. we must stand united as a community or we have no voice and that saddens and concerns me.
I am however pleased to report that the companies ‘listening’ to the community at the Building our City programs in the last weeks were actually listening and my rant about the failure to include Liverpool Railway station as a Gateway has been heard and is now I’ve been told, being included as part of the project. As I said at the program, we need to take seriously Train travel as a real alternative with all our roads being already congested especially the M5 and the proposed impacts of the Moorebank intermodal.
The corrections: Wendy Waller was at the Community Cabinet meeting I spoke of previously and like Cllr Harle was unfortunately not recognised by Melanie Gibbons who BTW has been pre-selected as the Liberal candidate for Holsworthy (her second choice when she wasn’t unsuccessful in pre-selection for Miranda) at the next state election. (as was reported in a recent article).
Also Cllr Harle was an apology at the Bringelly event on Building our City and I failed to acknowledge that.
The Market night seems to have been embraced by some, reports back say that around 1500 people braved the cold night and took to the streets. Feedback has been that there could have been more stalls, more variety and more care on food handling but those I’ve spoken to have given it a thumbs up for the entertainment and the ambiance – good to see that while I couldn’t spend more than a few minutes observing, a few actually did embrace the event and are actually looking forward to the next. This is a 12 month trial and I do hope that if we’re spending hard earned rates that many do get out and enjoy these events and they become more than a promotional tool for the #powermadmayor. My hope is to spend more time at the next one in June.
Two questions… the local police attend the community action group meeting, I have a question for you…what kind of information would you be interested in hearing from the local police? Our hard working officers provide a number of information sessions over the year and while preparing for the next they would like to hear from you, what information you’d be interested in hearing…?
Second question, with the proposed airport at Badgerys Creek, what protections would you like to see in place for our environment and our residents? This one is for me as I raised the point that we want a seat at the table now…not 6 months from now, not somewhere down the track but right now. I have a few ideas but would love to hear from you, to get your thoughts, hopes and aspirations should the airport actually go ahead. While I am against it I am but one voice and I know there are others out there who disagree, but on protecting our city, its people and our environment, we mostly stand together…share with me your ideas.
Now onto the Joy, any of you who get my tweets know I’m almost daily tweeting #I love ICAC I am truly tempted to get a badge made or a t-shirt saying I Love ICAC… while the 3 word slogan will appeal to some, it’s much more important than that. I love politics, I love what can be achieved when good and decent people work together for the community but sadly in this day and age there is little more than contempt for politicians and to be honest I want all the schemers, crooks and cheats out of politics, regardless of the party. We, the people need to get back to the days when we trusted our politicians to do what was/is right for the people as a whole. I think a version of ICAC (or ICAC itself) should have purview over all levels of government, from council to the feds. That the dead wood be removed, that short cuts and deal making is only used legitimately to achieve outcomes for the community and that anyone caught doing the wrong thing by those who trusted them enough to be elected are removed from the public purse. BTW ICAC is working its way closer to Liverpool, of course I will post anything as it becomes available, in this (link below) a Liverpool Liberal Councillor is mentioned on page 53 … while no detail of the context is mentioned, I’m sure if there is more we’ll hear about it.
Lastly I’d like to chat about the Liverpool Council budget presently on Public exhibition…. Please, please take a few minutes or so to have a look at what is proposed…remember these are your rates and how the council intends spending them, so it is to your benefit to have a read and a comment. This budget is more than a promotional program for the present majority its a road map of our future spending. Remember what is proposed is a guideline, if enough of the community recommends other ideas or priorities the Councillors are required to listen… and a submission doesn’t have to be an involved tome and a few lines in an email supporting or not, offering suggestions or locations or simply requesting more detail will suffice. Council officers will gladly answer your questions and provide information as we have been assured at the two community forums they presented to in the last weeks. Hats off to those council staff who presented the program to the community and their answers to the numerous questions asked.
As for the “OTHER” budget high on the list of conversations at present, it deserves a post of its own, however for the moment there is too much negative involved for me to devote a post to the appalling betrayal Australians have been subjected to…most especially those who believed the lies and rhetoric proffered by the present Govt prior to the election. I am especially concerned about the poor, the sick, the unemployed, the disabled, the young, those marginalised by not being the mega rich who will undoubtedly will be the big winners.
Don ‘t forget to nominate a local Police officer in the Police person of the Year, refer my previous post for the nomination form.
The next council meeting is next Wednesday, meeting notes will be posted on the council website Friday afternoon.
That’s if for now, more next week after the council meeting, fingers crossed there is more positive uplifting information to be shared, if you were at the Markets or have information different to mine, please share. More and more people are looking at this page and as many opinions are welcomed.