Jenny Coman, Bangalow
I am reluctant to join in the attack on our councillors as, while I’m disappointed in some of their decision making, I have some idea of the difficulties they face – and remember the horrors of the previous council, which we don’t want to see again.
‘New’ councillors go in as absolute novices, ignorant and needing help with just about everything. Most of the staff are (of course) helpful and very pleasant people and it’s hard for councillors to appear not to respect them and fly in the face of their advice – after all they’re the experts! Also you are suddenly referred to consistently as ‘Councillor’ this or that and this (I think) may well go to their heads.
We’ve seen it all before – as in Yes, Minister – but these councillors are no longer new and we have a right to expect that, lovely as the staff may be, they’re there to represent us – and some of us worked hard to get them there.
I am particularly horrified at the suggestion that weddings and other ‘events’ should be allowed on prime rural land. When I was on Council (aeons ago) my main concern was to look after our rural land, which was under constant threat of subdivision. We brought in new strategies to provide necessary protections.
Please, councillors (and I know it’s not easy), stick to the principles that saw you elected.