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March 5, 2021

Council’s trust deficit

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The mayor was quoted at the IAP2 conference (Echo editorial, 27 November) as saying ‘individuals acting as agitators… insult council’ and that the council, surprise, surprise, had a ‘trust deficit’.

Well, gee whizz, how inconvenient for the Mayor and his cohorts, that they have detractors or even, god forbid, critics! Strange, the last time I looked the word for that was ‘community debate or discussion’ or what is more commonly described as ‘democracy’.Has someone forgotten?

‘Individuals, colourful and passionate’ – What does he suggest? That we all just fade back into the paintwork and become silent and acquiescent, bland and anonymous? That no-one is to have a point of view other than the one he decrees? Are you serious?

A $30,000 Solutions Panel? Once again, rate-payers’ money just being so easily tossed into a bureaucratic waste bin. And what for? To protect a fragile ego? Are you kidding? What about you engage with the community!

What is clear and urgent, at a time when the situation, more than ever, requires leadership and vision, is that we have sparingly little or none. And it is particularly poignant at this hour, (when we have blood sunsets and our forests are being burnt black) that we see our so-called Greens council being anything but… and becoming indistinguishable from the developer and investment lobby that they seem to have become so embedded with.

No, the ones who are being insulted here are us, the constituents, by the Council’s sheer insularity and lack of real community action and engagement.

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