Part of my intent in keeping my campaign website going is to discuss issues in our city, but also to inform residents about the democratic processes of your council. This time: the mayoral elections. I’ll look at my principles for how I will decide who I will be voting for, a few interesting details about […]
On the evening of Tuesday 10th November, the council of Greater Bendigo was installed. This was the short speech I gave. First, I thank my family and friends and all those who contributed to my campaign, especially my wife Kylie, who encouraged me into standing for council. It is no small thing to be a […]
Is there anything that council can do about poverty? Or is this one of those areas that must be tackled by state and federal governments? Certainly, there are some actions that can only be taken by higher levels of government, such as raising the Jobseeker rate or supplying more public housing. But councils can, and must, do something about poverty.
What role should council play in environmental action? Some say that council, being a very small player in the global scene, should not try to achieve environmental goals such as carbon emission reductions. Or, that council should simply focus on “basics” like roads, rates and rubbish. However, I believe that we need to be stewards […]
Recently, the City of Greater Bendigo launched the ‘Love Your Local’ campaign to encourage us to buy local in order to help small businesses recover from the economic effects of Covid-19 restrictions. So we should. But it’s time for the council to practice what it preaches.
Bureaucracies get pre-occupied with internal aims, and this distracts from listening to those outside the bureaucracy.
Local councillors play an essential part in getting residents’ voices heard in local government. They should be continually providing ways for residents to give their views on what council could be doing, or what it could be doing differently.
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