It has been ten months since the election and this is the first offering from any Councillor apart from the Mayor!
The Mayor is trapped in the 2013 time warp; she simply repeats what she is told to say. Notice the comments from her and the General Manager they are the same.
The Jetty project conforms to the approved 2013 plan approved by Council so;
- Where is the reference to intensive housing in the precinct?
- Why is it confidential? is this what “open and transparent” mean?
- If the Council is so determined to follow plans for the Jetty project and for the stadium project (developed 25 years ago);
- Why are we ignoring the plans for Capital Hill and the refurbishment of Rigby House (2007)?
- Why are they persisting with the $37 million for administrative/cultural/ library facilities?
- Why do Council have a deficit of $8million for the current financial year?
- How is this possible given the extraordinary effort to push the rate increase in 2013?
- Why the reference to Council decisions to the strategic and operational level -this is ambiguous.
- The operation is outside the control of the elected officials so has the General Manager made mistakes? Or is it meant to imply the General Manager is making strategic decisions?
- The deficit began to arise in 2012 after the council employees had been culled:
- Have the strategies failed if we are still unable to get out of deficit?
- How can Council have a war chest to buy land at the Jetty, under such circumstances? So is Moose’s paper telling us this is a comedic tragedy or is it a tragic comedy?
- I find it hard to believe all the elected representatives are getting a kick out of helping people. I think it is a case of “they are being carefully controlled”. How many of them are reading the papers (inside 3 days and up to 2000 pages) and are applying any critical review to them?
- It is clear it is hard to remain serious for long periods of time (comedy) It is also clear there are unintended consequences that have not been anticipated (tragedy).
- Does the latter statement reflect on the ability of those senior people employed by Council?
- Other problems are mentioned but Paul, I think your wife is right, it is time for you to stand up and be counted as a Councillor.