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About time they learnt to shut up and listen instead of effusing their Newspeak

The Editor

It’s clear there’s a growing number of the shire's residents who are dissatisfied with what they believe is a very poor performance of the elected councillors and some council staff.

Councillors and Council staff are aware of the growing public criticism of Council and Councillors evidence of that is the recent media statement of the mayor about the proposed at this stage, new aquatic centre for Batemans Bay. Council Staff and Councillors, being aware of Community negativity about council, one would expect that council would respond by conducting public access meetings around the shire in an attempt to hear first hand what the community is dissatisfied about and make genuine attempts to put things right, and in doing so, address the public's perception of the Council. To date only Councillor McGinlay has proactively gone out and held coffee meetings to actually listen and guage community issues. The others have done nothing of the sort. Meeting attendances by the Mayor and her entourage sprouting rhetoric don't count. They have to learn to shut up and listen and actually listen to what is being said. The mayors media release reminds us all that she hasn't heard a word anyone has said. If any of our councillors, mayor and council staff read this they might take the positive steps necessary to conduct several public meetings and hear directly from the shires residents on matters concerning them. While the Draft Budget, Management, Delivery Plan is on Public exhibition the ideal opportunity for such meetings to be held is now. What would be wrong about holding such meetings Councillors and Mayor.

An Idea worth acting on !



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