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Time for Council to act sensibly and responsibly

The Editor,

I was the MC for the public meeting on 15 February at the Soldiers Club. I agreed to this privileged duty after hearing from the "Save Our 50m Pool" team as to how their appeals for information and reconsideration had been treated by Eurobodalla Shire Council (ESC) and, in particular, by the Mayor and General Manager. As I explained to the attendees, I was not involved in any campaign to save the 50m pool - thus I chaired that meeting with a "clean set of hands". Thank you to the 120 citizens who attended - I was struck by your concern, sincerity and thoughtfulness. The additional information and support you brought to the meeting was valuable. I can recognise stonewalling, filibustering and downright ignorance when I hear or read it. Keeping up with correspondence from ESC to the organisers before and since the meeting, I am reading all three tactics, in spades. Surely, with numerous previous lessons of poor governance, corruption, ineptitude and administrative failure by local governments now behind us, but on the public record, this Council can show a higher standard of regard for its constituents and at least seriously consider the level of community disquiet that surrounds this issue? More to the point, surely Council can act sensibly and responsibly on the resolutions that were formulated for their benefit at the meeting? John Mobbs


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