Category Archives: My stuff

…as the dust settles…

Following the council election I had three days away on a Pastors’ Renewal Retreat.  Pretty good timing, eh!

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


Saturday is the big day!

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

We need a hand – your hand!

On polling day, 3rd September, we need your help to hand out how to vote leaflets.  If we get enough people we will only need each person to work a  couple of hours.

Voting is from 8.00am to 6.00pm.  There are seventeen polling places across the city.

If you are support Brian and his team, are reasonably friendly and would like to help please go to the join the team tab and leave your details.   Continue reading

Voting for the first time…

If you are voting for the first time it can be a  bit daunting.  It can also seem like a  bit of a drag; interrupting your Saturday and all.

But it is important.  And it is important that you have some idea of how it works and how to do it properly.

Hear are some earlier posts…. Continue reading

Your vote counts – as do your preferences…

When you vote, your vote counts.  That may sound a  bit obvious bit it needs to be said.  If you want you vote to really count you need to know a little about the system of voting we will be using.

NSW local government elections use an Optional Preferential Proportional Representation system.  What a mouth full.  I promise they are last big words I am going to use in this post.  Continue reading

An inquirer writes…

I got an email recently from someone who had read the blog and some of the newspaper articles I have been quoted in.  It was an encouraging letter and I am glad  to have received it.  There were a  few questions that the writer had of me and I though if one person is asking them there are probably others who would similar if not the same questions.  I thought it good to answer them for all to see as well as respond to my enquirer. Continue reading

Of barrows and axes

People go into local government for a variety of reasons; some to serve their community, some to serve their own self-interests, some with a bit of both I suppose.

As for me, I have no personal business interests and no political aspirations.  I have neither investment property nor the money to invest in property. Continue reading