Note to Graeme Faulkner, Byron Shire Council general manager:
A community service in my dictionary is defined as ‘voluntary work intended to help people in a particular area’. Not sure your comment on the front page of last Wednesday’s Echonetdaily really fits that description.
Are you seriously wanting the community to believe that the provision of roads in our shire is delivering a valuable community service? Wouldn’t it have been more honest to just say we are spending money on our pothole-ridden roads and leave it at that?
In the meantime, your cost-cutting measure to achieve a balanced budget has strangled the only meagre support Byron Council provides to numerous voluntary organisations throughout the shire. Your comment confuses the dual role of local government to provide adequate facilities and services as outlined in the Local Government Act.
By the way, my dictionary defines infrastructure as ‘the basic physical and organisational structures and facilities (eg buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise’. Local government has a role to play in supporting not just infrastructure but also services in our community.
Paul Spooner, Byron Bay