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Mayor’s role is to help people work together


April 28, 2018 by admin

Signe Westerberg: Four divisive years.1. THE mayoral role is hugely important. Not only does the office-holder represent the people in a public sense, they more importantly should be the point at which all councillors are united and represented.

These past four years have been divisive and aggressive, and instead of working together, animosity and derision have been allowed to dominate.

I approach the role of mayor seriously and will encourage all councillors to evaluate each matter and idea on its merits, rather than on the individual councillor or party that it might come from. The mayor should effectively be able to bring council together for the benefit of all Liverpool. That is the type of mayor I will be.

2. We need a mayor that will actively promote Liverpool’s strength; its location for business, and the able workforce living within the area. I will do this. We need a mayor to rally, petition and represent Liverpool at a state and federal level, who is ready and able to work with various departments for outcomes for Liverpool, and support our status as a regional centre. I will do this. We need a mayor who will listen to the voices of the residents of Liverpool, and who will speak for them, acknowledging the diversity of needs and advocate for recognition, beyond the current view of Liverpool as a ‘dumping ground’ for developments that ‘no-one else wants’. I will do this.

3. The current CBD parking plan needs to be developed further. There is some tweaking to be done to make it suitable for all and the future planning needs to be addressed so the burden of parking doesn’t always fall on council. For example, ensuring medical development brings with it appropriate drop-off zones and parking availability. It shouldn’t be up to the residents to pay for parking for private practices to develop.

4. Casula Powerhouse is a cultural asset, one we need to support. No one questions the support of sporting and recreational facilities, and we certainly should support them, but we need to support our creative pursuits as well. Ideally over time the amount needed would lessen, but our arts and artists should be supported, just like we do our sportsmen and women.

5. My first question is why Liverpool pays, on average, $500 more than the average ratepayer in Fairfield, and I know our citizens want an answer as well. If our roads were first class, or if we did not currently have an infrastructure backlog, perhaps this would not be an issue. But our roads are not first class, and the infrastructure backlog is growing, not shrinking. Currently, where those rates are going is a bit of a mystery. We need a transparent council.

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