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Town's potential can't be measured from a distance

Friday, July 03, 2015


Back from the "Future" in time for school holidays and global matters

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

On Monday night our Fit for the Future submission was formally ratified by Council and has been submitted. It is now a waiting game to allow IPART to analyse the 152 submissions and the State Government to make final decisions on their direction.  Read More...

Why a packed gallery is a good thing

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

On Monday night we saw a textbook example of the benefits of a modern democracy combined with an open progressive Council.  Read More...

Musings on the Magna Carta and modern democracy

Friday, June 19, 2015

Having just returned from Canberra, where all 565 Councils from across the nation gather each year at the National General Assembly, the helicopter view of Councils is firmly in my mind. When you sit down and speak with Mayors from every part of Australia, it is essential to sit back with a broad view of the role that Councils play in our nation. As we shared experiences with each other, it was amazing to hear how similar the view is that communities across the country see Mayors and Councillors as their first port of call in times of need. It was quite relevant that the theme for the conference this year was Local Government: Closest to the Community. People contact Councils for so many different issues but typically they are only responsible for twenty per cent of the areas of contact. I often joke that, as a Mayor, I wish I had the power that people assume that I have. Which brings me to the topic that has been somewhat discussed in the media of late. The Magna Carta. This document is often seen as the birth of democracy – and it was borne from one person having too much power. King John was in power at the time and his system of government was based on the principle of ‘vis et voluntas’ (force and will - my interpretation is we will force you and you will do it). King John, and his predecessors, would make executive and arbitrary decisions which he justified on the basis that the king was above the law. Read More...

Networking in our Nation's capital

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I am currently sitting in chilly Canberra (5°C last night) attending the annual National General Assembly which is a gathering of all 565 Councils from across the nation. This is an opportunity to hear from our Federal politicians (such as Warren Truss; Bill Shorten and Richard Di Natale) and from national leaders (such as current Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty) and from a number of people involved in Local Government across Australia and even representatives from New Zealand. Read More...

How Dubbo got direct flights to Brisbane

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Forget submissions closing last Friday on our $160 million Operational Plan and Budget for the next year or Ignite our Centre ideas or even the most significant reform of Local Government since 1993, Fit for the Future, all anyone has been able to talk to me about since the announcement on Friday morning is the fact that we will have direct flights to Brisbane within six weeks. Read More...

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