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March 21, 2023

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The ghost who talks – then doesn’t

At last night’s Lismore Council meeting, Councillor Andrew Bing moved a motion that Lismore City Council begins the process to reduce the number of councillors from 11 to 9 as soon as practicable.

Lismore candidate Alex Rubin

With just a few days until we head to the polls, The Echo asked the candidates for the seat of Lismore one last bunch of questions.

Darren Hiller Smith, Mullumbimby

I’m in awe of how bureaucracy irritates so many disparate groups, so harmoniously, such clever design.

The PR always exudes the green progressive willingness to ‘find’ common ground, but in reality just turns out more red / blue / green tape, or ‘fines’.

Are these, exclusive, highly qualified people building a patchwork of expense, compliance, mistakes and delay into their service to belie the fact that they are wasting your time and money for their association’s betterment?

Most people like to find bargains, create life-hacks, use logical steps to fixing problems and consult genuine experts when necessary. It seems Councils and Government culture, don’t, can’t or won’t.

Take things like potholes – how difficult is it to fill in a hole with graded rocks and render the surface slightly curved and water tight? For millennia we have been doing it with rock, gravel, tar. Roll up.

It’s hot shitty work, but vital and well paid. Probably better done at night.

But not our contractors; they are turning roads into dangerous tracks with loose finishes, bumps and dips, no camber and no rock base. Why?

I am rather embarrassed that the old people that built the town have to see how badly kept their tidy town is now. Progress? Only on paper.

Let’s build our towns with pride, not prejudice.

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