Author Archives: Brian Pember
While I was away I had almost no information regarding the election result apart from Karen SMSing me the details as people reached the quota.
I had a courtesy call from Marianne Saliba on Sunday morning asking how I was and had I seen any results. She told me that she had won a seat and that I had, at that stage, .3 of a quota which, in her opinion, was not going to reach the mark.
So it is with some disapointment and also some relief that I have come home to being a citizen but not a councillor.
For those that haven’t heard the news it looks like this – in order of the count – Continue reading
17 polling places, 10 hours of voting = 170 hours of manning the polls.
If you would like to help out on Saturday, we could use a couple of hours of your time helping us hand out how to vote leaflets
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Saturday is the big day! 50,000 Shellharbour residents will go to the polls to return democracy back to Shellharbour at the local level. We have a chance for a new start after the shameful sacking of our council for being dysfunctional to the point of not being able to operate.
52 people have stood as candidates in this election; 11 groups and 3 un-grouped candidates. There are 7 seats to be filled.
The major parties are represented, although there has been a groundswell of movement away from Labour. Some are wondering how a Liberal ticket will fare in a what has been a Labor stronghold. Many are saying there is no place for party politics in local government. I stand among them. Continue reading
1. TO ACT WITH INTEGRITY: To be ethical, honest and law-abiding. I will seek to meet all the mandatory requirements presented to me, along with the high expectations of the residents who I will have the privilege to serve. I cannot be corrupted or inappropriately influenced. And wherever I identify the possibility of corruption or inappropriate influence, I will blow the whistle.
2. TO BE ACCOUNTABLE: To be transparent in my decision-making and to disclose all that I should. To justify my decisions to residents.
3. TO PUT COMMUNITY FIRST*: My city is more than buildings. It is people, communities, businesses and the natural environment. As such, I will consider the physical, social, economic and environmental aspects of my municipality. The community’s interests will be foremost in my decision making, ahead of my own interests and those of any political party or group to which I belong or with which I am affiliated. I will make special consideration for the vulnerable in our midst.
4. TO CONSULT: The best decisions are informed decisions. I commit to making myself available to those groups and individuals with a relevant view. I will listen. I will take their views into account.
5. TO BE AN AMBASSADOR: I acknowledge my city has been shamed by the actions of the previous council. I will seek to restore confidence in the council decision-making process. I will act respectfully and with dignity within the chamber, among council staff and in the community. I will be a leader fit for our great city and seek to promote my city and its interests.
AND IF I FAIL SUBSTANTIALLY IN THIS PLEDGE, I will graciously stand down and give someone else who can uphold these values the opportunity instead.
SIGNED, before the people of Shellharbour City – August 2011
Sorry that I haven’t posted for a couple of days. It has been a big week with a couple of big days now at the end; priorities being what they are I not even looked at the blog let alone written for it – apart from this of course.
Next week may not be any better but I’ll see what I can do. The election is tomorrow week; 8 sleeps! There is s till so much to do. Continue reading