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Is it time for a Councillor performance review


Dear Beagle Editor, We are coming up to 9 months since the new council took office. At some point the General Manager will have her review. But what of the Councillors? Who is reviewing them? If they are performing poorly our only option is to not vote for them next election. That isn't much use if they under perform for the next three years and three months though. What if the public had the chance to review and score the Councillors on the following

Section 232 of the Local Government Act NSW 2016 : The role of a councillor

The role of a councillor is as follows:

(a) to be an active and contributing member of the governing body,

(b) to make considered and well informed decisions as a member of the governing body,

(c) to participate in the development of the integrated planning and reporting framework,

(d) to represent the collective interests of residents, ratepayers and the local community,

(e) to facilitate communication between the local community and the governing body,

(f) to uphold and represent accurately the policies and decisions of the governing body,

(g) to make all reasonable efforts to acquire and maintain the skills necessary to perform the role of a councillor. If each of the councillors were to do their own self-assessment they would all score themselves highly. Each would say that they embrace all of the characteristics listed above. But do they? Personally, on (e) alone, the only councilllor I would score highly on this would be McGinlay, the rest, at best, a 1. name and address supplied


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