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Tom Tabart, Bangalow

In quoting selected extracts of the Local Government Act (‘Councillor weighs in over spat’, Echo, January 25), Paul Spooner has only identified the division of labour between the mayor and GM. Had he consulted sections 222 and 223 he would have found, ‘the elected representatives are the governing body’ and ‘their role is to direct and control the affairs of council’. Pretty clear, Paul, you are responsible for how the GM and staff perform – it’s called governance.

Councillors neglect their responsibility for governance if they leave it to the GM, because he is ‘so dedicated and experienced’, or it is merely convenient?

As a nominal ALP councillor Paul should hold the welfare of the staff as a high priority. But if you are not listening you will not hear anything.

I got the reputation as a troublemaker on Council because I was listening and attempting to do something about it in the face of fierce opposition from the then GM.

I still get regular feedback about staff dysfunction but can do little. If I name names or even hint at incidents then the employees involved will be identified with consequences. On the other hand councillors have a responsibility to ask the hard questions and follow them up. Unless of course it gets in the way of polishing a brilliant career.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Tom, Interesting comments but the role you describe for the Council is “government”. “governance ” is akin but refers to all of the mechanisms, rules, bodies etc that support the process of government and hold it to account. The distinction is not pedantic – neglect one of the key aspects of governance – say audit or record keeping for an example – and the process of government by Council may well become deficient.

    • Petrus,
      Hey Gov,
      I am sure Tom is correct.
      Government is the organization of a state or locality. Governance is the manner in which government functions.

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