Opinion: Mayor mocks us


A lot of noise but no substance to Mayor Gangell’s words.
A lot of noise but no substance to Mayor Gangell’s words.

WHILST reading the article “Mayors mull the future” in this paper on January 3, I was reminded of the disconnect that exists between some bureaucrats and reality.

In the article Mayor Gangell waxed lyrical, stating that “Council looks forward to working together with our wonderful community to ensure our town has a bright and prosperous future”.

Putting aside the farcical Council-supported LandCorp debacle that was laughingly promoted as “community consultation”, there are hints that our Mayor has no intention of mending fences in 2017.

Where is there a demonstrated willingness to engage with this community when the Mayor shuts down public question time at 15 minutes, despite a gallery full of residents with more questions? Where is the desire to provide transparency when the CEO flags removal of public access to all recordings of council meetings? Where is the Mayor’s enlightened attitude to match other progressive councils that permit public questions during briefing sessions and committee meetings?

The appalling reality for residents of this district is that there is just one 15-minute public question period once a month during ordinary council meetings. Why have all the historical transcripts of council meetings disappeared from the town’s website? Additionally, where is the opportunity for councillors to become fully informed and give due consideration to their decisions when Mayor Gangell and his cohorts voted to schedule the briefing session immediately prior to the council meeting?

How does this shortened timeline allow councillors to engage with the community on important matters coming before council that night?

The Mayor mocks us with his invidious phoney language about community engagement because we all know that actions speak louder than words.

KATH HAMILTON,

Bassendean.