The Editor, How long do we have to put up with this shamozzel they call Eurobodalla? It is now more than apparent that the ones in charge are the public servants and the nine dwarves under the spell of the staff have no idea what is going on and are being lead along Hi Ho Hi Ho to the precipice taking us all with them. Staff are not accountable for anything because they put it all up to the councillors to endorse. "Sign this, read this, believe this, sign here, vote yes on this, trust us because we are the experts and the only opinion you can consider." So the nine puppets all sign knowing they can't get in trouble as they are signing in good faith. And the staff know they can't get in trouble because it is the councillors who signed off. So no-one has any skin in the game and a dumb-arsed decision by Council staff that has an impact on the community gets through, not because it is the best decision but because it is the path that the staff choose. Sometimes it is their decision but most often they too kowtow to their State and Federal bureau-cousins who dictate what the runts of Government have to do. Eurobodalla Council is an employment agency for 600 people that have to be gainfully employed all year. They have holiday pay, they get great super and they get bonuses. They also get CPI increases that private sector workers haven't seen for years. They also such 33% of all of our rates to pay their salaries and what do they do? They make sure they use all the money. This helps to be able to ask for more. You have heard it before. They called it a Special rate variation - just 21% because assets were falling into disrepair because they had too many people to pay salaries too and that meant there wasn't enough money for petrol or bitumen or paint. There is less and less money to do the basics and that is why they don't like getting grants to build new things. New things have to be maintained and they are busy enough already without having to do more work and new stuff needs money to maintain it and that might mean they have to rationalise something, which they never do. But Council does other stuff as well. It appears they like to withhold information, and they spend considerable time writing policies and codes that suit them adding their own variations. But best of all they go to great lengths to ignore the community giving only token tick-box consultation knowing full well that the outcome will be exactly what they want. And when they are caught out there is no recourse, no reprimand, no dismissal. Yet the consequences of their decisions on the lives of the community impact that community financially and socially everyday. But do their reports identify the financial or social consequence of their recommendations on the community - NO. They only identify the legal and financial consequences to Council. The Councillors think they are special, that they matter, unknowing that the staff loathe them. Without Councillors the staff could just get on with their "Master Plan" but the damn community gets in the way and stupid laws require that issues are voted on by councillors who they know have no idea what is going on and, to top it off, reports have to be prepared to be poured over and challenged by the public. If only they, the Council, could just get on with it and the public and democracy just buggered off. But what if this is all a grand plan? To keep the councillors in the dark, make them look like fools, cause the community to bring them tumbling down and then bring in an administrator like they had in the 1980's after the then Council was sacked for being too secretive and doing back room things they shouldn't have been doing. Yes, weren't those were the days with the councillors gone and just an administrator, a bureaucrat who understood life at the pig-trough and allowed the unquestioned bureaucratic ways to return. If that is the case then the staff are currently winning because the councillors and mayor are being made to look like ventriloquist puppets. Everytime they open their mouths they parrot off what they are told to say, ever aware that there is always a council staff member watching in the wings, prepared to dash in and stop them from disengaging from the strings and possibly having an opinion of their own. With assistance from The Editor Name and address supplied.
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