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I PLEDGE, TO THE PEOPLE OF MY CITY, that I will uphold to the best of my ability, the spirit and intent of the following …

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




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The article from the Illawarra Mercury…

Can’t argue with this!





Shellharbour councillors to receive laptops and smartphones


BY CHRIS PAVER – Illawarra Mercury


17 Aug, 2011 04:00 AM


Shellharbour City Council candidates Shane Cook and Kellie Marsh welcomed a policy that would give the city’s new councillors access to smartphones. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Elected officials in Shellharbour will be armed with internet-enabled laptops and smartphones as the city takes a step towards a more tech-savvy council.

Shellharbour City Council administrator David Jesson last night encouraged the city’s future leaders to embrace the digital communication tools.

“We’re moving into a world of new technology, and we want to make sure that all those opportunities are embraced to the extent that the incoming councillors want to embrace them,” Mr Jesson said. Continue reading

Lake Times

Who’s who in the zoo?

An article in today’s Mercury  is promising — or could that be threatening — to out any political candidates in the Shellharbour and Wollongong Council elections who do not declare their political affiliation if they have one.

They wonder what the term ‘independent’ actually means in the lead-up to the upcoming election.  Given that there are only a  couple of options given to candidates by the Electoral Commission — those being a registered political party, and independent or no descriptor at all — we don’t really have much of a choice.   Continue reading

Richard Carroll from the NSW Electoral Commission on ABC Illawarra

Democracy will return to local government

06/07/2011 , 1:30 PM by Peter Riley

Wollongong and Shellharbour’s City Council elections will take place in September and information sessions are being held for residents interested in getting involved or running for office or just wanting a bit more information.

Peter Riley from ABC Illawarra  – 97.3 on your radio dial –  spoke to Richard Carroll from the NSW Electoral Commission about how the forthcoming elections will operate.

Click the pic to hear the interview…

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It’s always good to see a familiar face…

Today’s Illawarra Mercury, albeit pages 10 and 11, has a two page spread on the rapidly approaching council elections in both Shellharbour and Wollongong.   Shannon Tonkin opens the spread with ‘Fresh faces are few and far between as the list of Wollongong and Shellharbour council election candidates continues to grow.’  The article points out that ex-councillors and former political candidates outnumber first time office-seekers by two to one.   It then lists the names of some of those who have indicated their intention to stand.  There are a couple of names that are conspicuously absent!

Here is a brief overview of the article…  but go and buy the paper anyway…

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