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Council Presentation by Peter Bernard March 13th 2018

COUNCIL LEADERSHIP – NON AGENDA 13 March 2018 There is no doubt that there is widespread dissatisfaction in the community with respect to many issues. .The number of public meeting have highlighted general discontent within the community on a number of issues . Unfortunately this is causing division within the community . This is due to a lack of transparency and ineptitude of management to introduce genuine change to the satisfaction of its community . Madam Mayor. There were few community meetings prior to this term of council . However the number has accelerated in this term of council and there is once again talk of a street blockade. I am not infavour of this – a Blockade of the Heirarchy Bunker prior to 3.00 pm on a Friday will suffice . We have seen mass meetings at Surf Side against council inability to handle sea level rise policies , a mass meeting at Batemans Bay RSL regarding council development intentions for a cultural centre and downgrading of swimming facilities . Dissatisfaction about the positioning of a new bridge at Batemans Bay with potential environmental impacts on the whole of Bateman's Bay commercial and residential areas. Compensation claims with respect to council sea level rise predictions and inundation of properties .Unanswered questions concerning the purchase of land and property at Mackay Park . Public meeting held by the RTA with respect to the Batemans Bay Bridge and lack of attendance by councillors and senior staff . Public meeting held at the Catalina Golf club with respect to the replacement of a fifty metre pool with a 25 metre pool . Fudging of the figures to the extent of tens of millions of dollars with respect to assets purchasers and sales. All explained by the General Manager as an “error”. The glaring factor at all these gatherings was the absence of senior staff including the General Manager and the majority of councillors .Only one Councillor made his presence known at the Returned Services Club . The Mayor chaired a meeting at the Catalina Club which has been described as a ”cat fight”. Unfortunately it ended up with an irreparable citizen division. This generally happens when the council appoints a “sunset committee" which unknowing is led down a path by bureaucratic maneuvering in the opposite direction to general community opinion . Even though the Mayor chaired the meeting it was won by the bureaucracy on the night using the “divide and rule “ principle . Top management may very well have had a good nights sleep but ”not so” for many others. It cannot be denied that the image created by the council is approaching a new low . On top of this is the notification from the Director of Financial Audit Services of the Auditor General that ''her objective is to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatements whether due to fraud or error“ It is believed that a number of questions will be asked in the near future concerning some documents . Any attempt to change these figures will compound the issue. The Auditor General and Independent Audit Committee should start flexing what muscles they have before these become wasted away by the bureaucratic medicine man Peter Bernard 14-3-2018


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