On Saturday 4 December we need to vote for people who focus on issues that can be controlled by Council. Candidates claiming they can, and will, make significant and positive contributions to climate change, social housing, transport, arts and small business and the myriad of problems facing us, are fooling you and themselves. They can’t and will not, as a local councillor.
State and federal governments have overriding legislation and public servants in abundance that already have control over these matters. We need local candidates who aim to control the things that local councils are given the responsibility to control; The unexciting monitoring of the general manager, to ensure the proper and equitable fixing of local roads, maintenance of sewer systems, local parks and beaches etc.
We need local councillors who focus on the local development of local land to best please local residents, not developers who take the most profit and leave a mess for locals to live with.
We need local councillors to acknowledge ratepayers who fund a large part of the local budget, by not forcing them to pay extra charges in parking when they come to town and who also live with poor or no services outside of built up areas – eg water and sewer.
There are some candidates who are willing and able to do this. We, as voters, need to put some energy into finding out who they are and then vote for them. The ultimate responsibility for getting who we voted for is ours.