Neither Crouch nor Tesch talk about ward system
Readers of Peninsula News (edition 540) will be familiar with issues at Central Coast Council and our inadequate form of governance and subsequent interventions by the State.
It is comforting that the commissioner appointed by the State has got it sorted with her eight recommendations for our salvation.
Guaranteeing our salvation is Central Coast Parliamentary Secretary Mr Adam Crouch welcoming the report from the public inquiry into Central Coast Council.
Crouch continues: "It is important to note that that Commissioner McCulloch's report reaffirms that the voluntary amalgamation of both Gosford and Wyong Council in 2016 did not contribute to Central Coast Council's financial issue".
Well I'm glad we've got that sorted.
Interestingly in the following piece from the State Member for Gosford, "Inquiry outcome 'disappointing' , says Tesch", she declares: "It is very clear that the Central Coast needs financial assistance as a result of this forced amalgamation ..."
Voluntary or forced amalgamation?
I was at the council meeting the night that the amalgamation was decided and I can tell you that while a few councillors expressed reservations about merger, the vote was not forced.
Our representatives agreed to the merger.
It is worth noting that all of the councils that rejected the merger eventually forced the State Government to back off.
Shame on our councillors.
Either way, it is passing strange that neither Crouch nor Tesch want to talk about the corrupt five ward system that "government" has forced us to suffer.
Could it be that this undemocratic, ill-thought system ensures that one of the big parties gets the chocolates, with small parties and independents forced to scrap for the third place in each ward.
One of Labor or Liberal needs only two seats in one ward to guarantee government, or a deal with a friendly independent or stooge party, of which there are many.
And this passes for democracy?
Email, 31 Mar 2022
Bryan Ellis, Umina