Letters to the editor

Elections an opportunity

LETTERS: Send letters to the editor to olivia.barnes@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

LETTERS: Send letters to the editor to olivia.barnes@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

I have decided not to run for election in November’s council elections, either as an elected member or mayor.

After 50 years on committees of many organisations including the 12 years I have served on the Port Lincoln City Council, and being 67 years old, I have decided that another four year term will be one term too many.

I estimate that our council will lose close to 50 years of combined local government experience this election, if my information about who is retiring is correct.

This is both a concern and also a great opportunity for new blood and new ideas.

I urge any one who thinks they could find the time and energy to be a councillor to put their name forward.

Council is a business and needs business like leaders with a fair dose of common sense.

You must be prepared to read a lot of information, attend dozens of meetings per year and even chair some of them, be able to make an informed decision (not necessarily a popular one), be apolitical, accept democratic decisions, be able to think and plan ahead for the greater good of the city, be able to take criticism (sometimes unfairly) and being able to work as a cohesive team is also important.

Then it’s up to the ratepayers to select the nine people who they think will be progressive enough to take this city forward.

I urge ratepayers to vote at the elections and to choose wisely.

Council does not need members who are going to use their position to promote themselves, either in a political manner or an egotistical way, in my opinion some of the quieter councillors have been the most effective.

Be careful also of nominees who may be trying to get elected on single issue matters or represent self interest groups.

Finally, It has been my privilege to have served Port Lincoln for the 12 years as a councillor and deputy mayor.

I think we have achieved much in that time, but there is much more to do. 

We need progressive, forward thinking and decisive people to achieve that.

NEVILLE STARKE

Port Lincoln

Government not listening

It is hard to believe that this has been getting rammed down our throats in the work place, government departments and service clubs, to give the girls a go, and now the leaders of the pack – our government – have completely ignored this with their vote for a new Prime Minister.

Julie Bishop was the deputy, a foregone conclusion I would have thought.

They have just shot the goose that lays the golden egg, she would have been their saviour.

So you get what you deserve, you have just handed Bill Shorten the portfolio on a plate.

IAN HARVEY

Port Lincoln

Lost bag

On Port Lincoln Show day on August 12 at the art section, a dark green shopping bag used for carting paintings in only was borrowed. 

Can the person who used it to get their painting after the show please return the bag back – please call 8682 1526.

EJ KEMPSTER

Port Lincoln

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