I have been keeping a bit of a scrap book on the lead up to the council election. It appears there was a flurry of interest for a while and now things have calmed down a bit. The last couple of weeks cover only two pages in my Woolworth’s Essentials Scrap Book while there are some nineteen pages covering the five weeks prior to that.
I was pressed by one of the local papers to declare my intention. Prior to that I had been following the advise to not declare too early (However long too early is!). I was given to believe that the journalist in question had inside information and was planing a large spread on potential councillors tossing their hats into the ring. The upshot was I have been outed with headline but no photo. Joan Vinton and Norelle Pullen were the only others to be outed with me, and I don’t think their intention was all that secret in the first place.
Apart from that there has been a few letters to the editor, mostly from the Lake Times and a couple of articles in the Advertiser that seem to be there just to show they know there an election coming up.
From the papers it seems that there is preference for fewer and newer councillors. The fewer we have by decree of the state. The newer is up to the electorate when we cast our votes on 3 September.
I am aware of about fifteen potential candidates whose names I have gleaned from the papers. They represent the Labor /Liberal divide, with the rest standing as independents. Five of those standing as independents have sat on council before either in the previous council or prior to the sacking.
What is necessary is that, whoever gets elected, we commit not to serve a party or an interest group but to seek to serve the people of Shellharbour city. I encourage you think carefully about where you cast your vote. I am happy for people to have a political alliance when it comes to State and Federal politics (although the difference between them is fairly blurred at the present moment) but I urge you to put that aside at the coming election as I would urge the successful candidates to put their political preference aside as councillors. Party politics has no logical or practical place in local government. It merely creates an unnatural and unnecessary division that gets in the road of good decision making.