After the regressive Innes term of Eurobodalla Council voted to remove itself from local government forums saying "they were too political" after one of their lame ducks was evicted from a plum position it was refreshing to see Councillors Alison Worthington and Anthony Mayne attending ALGA2022 this week and participating in the largest Local Government think tank and forum in the country. Councillor Mayne reports: "Terrific to be at ALGA2022, with Eurobodalla Council having re-joined this peak Council Association. Keynote address on day 2 was on Global Democracy from Stan Grant. Stan delivered an insightful presentation which received a standing ovation. "Stan spoke about the impact on democracy over the years and the rise of the popular “strongman”. He spoke about at the local level and how important the sense of community and belonging was to us all, and to our democracy. "This included the essential role of local media, to help connect and share our story and to shine a light of our stories. "He spoke also of the importance of hearing the voice of the First Nation’s people, which included the Uluru Statement from the Heart. It was a real privilege to be there as a Councillor representing our ratepayers, residents and our Shire, and to meet Stan. "Yes, I was one of those standing at the end of his presentation on our democracy. With limited time for Q&A I did not get the opportunity to ask his views on Julian Assange. "As a journalist encouraging local media and greater transparency, I had hoped to hear his thoughts about the UK decision to extradite Julian to the USA and what else the Australian Government could be doing to assist an Australian citizen to come home, much like the Howard Government did with David Hicks. Next time…..I look forward to presenting a fulsome report along with Clr Alison Worthington, our Deputy Mayor, who also attended the ALGA.
Above: Councillor Anthony Mayne is the one on the right, captured here with Stan Grant.