Time for review

Residents Jill Willis and Carolyn Sheridan are against the proposed development.|Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d400471
Residents Jill Willis and Carolyn Sheridan are against the proposed development.|Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d400471

STIRLING council spends an exorbitant amount of ratepayer money on external legal advice, but something appears seriously wrong.

Reportedly due to a State Administrative Tribunal appeal, Stirling council overturned their original decision after obtaining further legal advice that varied from the first (Let the children play, Times, 16 April; Common Sense Prevails at Last, 23 April).

Stirling boasts being the biggest local government by population, so instead of lining the pockets of external legal practices, why do they not have an in-house legal department?

Going back not many years, council seemed able to make good decisions with minimal external legal input, so what’s wrong with the current bunch needing so much now?

Yet another consideration is the many highly paid professional executives at Stirling. Why can’t they fully advise council on local government law?

Time for an independent review of operations at Stirling with the brief to save ratepayer money.

Sid Breeden,

Scarborough