At the state level our representatives, with time, focus on the internal machinations of their party and disconnect from those that they represent.
- The by-election was set for early April 2017. The decision to stand was taken four weeks out from the election. The message I took from receiving more than 9% of the vote was that a lot of people in our community felt ignored by main stream parties.
At the local government level North Sydney Council had become dysfunctional, a creature of factions.
A State Government Inquiry confirmed this. The infighting amongst the Councillors had led to approximately $1 million of ratepayers’ money being spent on legal proceedings, excessive use of the code of conduct complaint process, and an AVO application.
The NSW State Government took all by surprise with the welcome announcement that it had abandoned “amalgamations”.
The Council Election was set for early September 2017. I stood in the Wollstonecraft Ward as part of the CommUnity 1st team. The message I took from being elected with more than 20% of the vote was that the community still felt ignored by its representatives.
CommUnity 1st :
- is an Independent group;
- aims to return the Council to community management and get North Sydney moving again; and
- is focused on restoring trust in the Council and good governance.
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