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Eurobodalla Ratepayers Action (ERA) group has confirmed it will
call for a recount in the mayoral election, after the final battle
came down to a mere 104 votes between Narooma's Lindsay Brown
and ERA’s Liz Innes.
the E.R Action Candidates
here to read the full profiles of our Council Candidates
and our Mayoral Candidates
ERA – AIMS AND ASPIRATIONS
ERA (Eurobodalla Ratepayers Action) candidates
1. Represent the ratepayer, not Council management;
TO TAKE BACK THE COUNCIL FOR THE COMMUNITY by ensuring
• Processes are transparent and open
• The process is correct
• Councillors, as the community’s representatives,
are more involved in Council decision making
• Community volunteers are to be cherished and
encouraged with more control given back to volunteer
• Dictatorships are dead; the customer is right
– in fact the customer is right until proven
otherwise, not the other way around
2. Create a ‘CAN DO’ Council. “How
can we help?” will become the staff mantra;
a change of culture by providing a prominent, accessible,
dedicated problem solving pathway for ratepayers and
others with a goal of same day resolution and a bias
for resolution in favour of the client.
3. Empower staff by listening to and, more importantly,
acting upon their input, especially those at the “coal
face”. To ensure that the staff have good management.
4. Obtain a plain English description of the current
financial position of ESC with a view to an independent
external review of Council.
5. Ensure no pay rises, bonuses, cars to be even considered
for senior management outside of the required contractual
obligations until ALL of the above criteria have been
Written and authorised by C. Klippan for
ERA: 58 Beach Rd, BATEMANS BAY 2536
our latest Election newsletter
EUROBODALLA RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION
supporter Milton Leslight of Beaches and Bush
Properties has requested that we put the letter
and concerns he has written to Mr. Hazzard regarding
the LEP on our website --- hoping a wider audience
might see it.
is his considered view that the impending changes
to local councils’ controls and the implementation
of the proposed LEPs is creating a vacuum within
for his Letter and Here
for his list of concerns
Ratepayers Association Press Release -16 July 2012
EUROBODALLA RATEPAYERS DISAPPOINTED WITH
MINISTER'S APPROVAL OF "SWISS CHEESE"
LOCAL ENVIRONMENT PLAN
The Minister for Planning, Brad Hazzard, has approved
the controversial and incomplete Eurobodalla Local
Environment Plan 2011. This plan, which introduces
inaccurate environmental overlays, excludes areas
of rural land wrongly assigned an E3 zoning by Eurobodalla
Shire Council staff.
Gary Smith, deputy chair of Eurobodalla Ratepayers
Association (ERA), commented:
"It is disappointing that the Minister did
not listen to the people of Eurobodalla Shire and
direct the council to finish the LEP. Many rural
land owners will now have a patchwork of both old
and new zonings on their land and will have to live
with the practical difficulties and uncertainty
"The shire's rural zoning plan is now like
Swiss cheese - full of holes and on the nose!"
"The development of the LEP has been plagued
by delay, poor management, inadequate direction
by the mayor and councillors and a failure to listen
to the people. The E3 zoning and overlay problems,
which first emerged in 2009, should have been fixed
by now. Andrew Constance, the Member for Bega, has
been tireless in speaking up for the community by
pursuing council on this particularly poor piece
"In the circumstances it is vitally important
that the new Rural Land Strategy Steering Committee,
to be chaired by Ian Armstrong, considers, as its
first priority, E3 zoning and the misuse of poor
quality environmental overlays. The ERA would like
to see Mr Armstrong's report on these matters with
the Minister by November."
Mr Smith concluded: "Failure to deliver an
integrated LEP acceptable to the community after
ten year' work is this council's legacy. Let's hope
that the councillors elected in September have the
competence and commitment to finish the plan in
line with the community's wishes."
inquiries: Greg Malavey
Read The Ministers press Release here
June 20th, 2012
EUROBODALLA RATEPAYERS DISAPPOINTED
IN PAUL ANDERSON’S REAPPOINTMENT
Eurobodalla's under-performing Council has just committed
about $2.5million of ratepayers funds with a new employment
contract for its general manager, Mr Paul Anderson, for
a further 5 years. While the decision has expensive and
long term consequences for all of the shire it was taken
The terms of Mr Anderson’s new contract have not
been disclosed. Information about which Councillors supported
this travesty is hidden.
"Eurobodalla Ratepayers Association is extremely
disappointed by the way Mr Anderson’s reappointment
was handled” commented Geoff Plews, Chair, Eurobodalla
Ratepayers Association. "Councillors failed to determine
whether more capable candidates were available and the
decision is very inappropriately timed, with Council elections
in September. This short-sighted decision unnecessarily
burdens ratepayers with heavy compensation liabilities
if future Councillors require a general manager who can
deliver the level of performance Eurobodalla desperately
“This general manager's performance over the past
four years has been unsatisfactory in too many areas.
Staff surveys and consultants reports reveal council's
480 staff are poorly managed. And an independent survey
conducted by council shows that council’s relations
with the community are extremely poor. Uproar over mismanagement
of the local environment plan is just one of many examples."
“Mr Anderson has had little impact on the introspective
and secretive culture of the organization. Nor has he
put council in a strong financial position to face future
challenges. The new 10 year financial plan shows a long
string of future operating deficits, ever increasing rates
and charges, and no clear strategy to return council’s
budget to balance."
“Yet again Eurobodalla Shire has failed to convince
Commonwealth and State authorities that this Council would
use a proper share of infrastructure funding as efficiently
as competing councils. Private sector investors are bypassing
the shire, local businesses are failing rapidly, property
values are declining and many residents must search for
employment outside the shire.”
"The surprise announcement attempts to justify
council's decision with vague references to the general
manager's commitment, some matters he has overseen and
assorted activities. Dubious credit is claimed for a continuous
improvement program. Not one tangible achievement is listed
after four years at the helm of the shire."
“Eurobodalla ratepayers will benefit only when
councillors are able to recognise the difference between
activity and achievement, with real, measurable, on the
ground improvements in roads, health services and appropriate
environment protection”, concluded Mr Plews.
EUROBODALLA RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION
20 June 2012
Media inquiries: Greg Malavey: 0428 428 869 Geoff Plews:
0409 662 869
29th - ERA endorses the community push seeking funding for the
upgrading of the Kings Highway
ERA also acknowledges that the ESC has also completed an excellent
submission to the Kings Highway Safety Review 2012.
have provided a copy of A
Letter to the Community- Kings Highway Urgent Upgrade on our
website for members consideration and support this iniative as
well as the ESC submission
16th - the May edition of ERA News is
to the Editor Bay Post
16 May, 2012
Let the new councillors decide
Eurobodalla Shire Council is considering the general manager’s
request for an extension of his employment contract.
At this stage the process is secret and expressions of
interest from other executives have not been sought.
Eurobodalla Ratepayers Association believes that the general
manager’s position should be opened to competition
and the appointment decision made after September’s
election by the incoming council.
Councillors are obliged under Section 232 of the Local
Government Act to ensure that the best value is obtained
for ratepayers’ money in all council contracts. If
the appointment of the shire’s chief executive is
done secretly, in the absence of competition, current councillors
are unlikely to judge objectively whether Mr Anderson’s
performance warrants a lengthy extension of his term.
After all, they have taken little action in response to
the findings contained in consultants’ reports and
reinforced recently in
the extraordinary levels of community dissatisfaction with
council’s performance revealed in Micromex survey
New councillors will be able to bring fresh eyes and wider
community consultation to whether Mr Anderson has contributed
significantly to improving council’s financial position,
service provision, its standing in the community, its progress
in planning and development and its relations with other
levels of government.
In any event, it is in the community’s interest that
the market is tested every five years or so to identify
the availability of other executives attracted to the high
salary and the challenges of managing the change so clearly
necessary at council.
Geoff Plews, Chair, Eurobodalla Ratepayers Association
8th - This
letter has been sent to Minister Hazzard and others
via the Eurobodalla Ratepayers (ERA)
1st 2012 LEP Petition
vote of NO Confidence in ESC LEP
5101 ratepayers and friends say NO
petition saying NO the ESC draft LEP was handed to Andrew
Constance last Friday. At 5101 signatures it is the largest
petition ever to come out of this Shire and underpins the
community’s views on Council’s inept handling
of the LEP.... read
advertises new Director Position
Note the adjoining advert - the irony
How many of those depressed are because of ESC?
April 2012 Weyman statue confuses pedestrians
Pay Post BY KERRIE O’CONNOR
Smith has no problem with the new statue of footballer Michael
Weyman, but says he and others are still scratching their heads
as to why it was installed in the middle of a busy Moruya pathway.
"If council can’t manage these little things, how can
they manage the big issues, for example the Local Environment
1st - the April edition of ERA News is out now
27 MARCH 2012 ADDRESS
TO EUROBODALLA SHIRE COUNCIL PUBLIC FORUM 27 MARCH 2012 BY PAUL
BRADSTREET, SECRETARY, EUROBODALLA RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION
some of the Issues that have been identified by the community
as Key to the reasons why the LEP should be rejected.
20 March, 2012
Member for Bega
TO SET DIRECTION FOR FAR SOUTH COAST COUNCILS
Member for Bega welcomes a major review into Local Government
in NSW which will result in major change to the structural
arrangements of councils on the Far South Coast and across
has raised with me consistently their concerns about the
performance of local government and we are determined to
bring about reform.
to work with Councillors and Local Government bureaucracy
to create stronger and better councils in the future.
appointed Local Government Review Panel will investigate
and identify options for governance models, structural arrangements
and voluntary boundary changes for local government,”
Andrew Constance said.
Panel will take into consideration councils’ ability
to support the needs of their communities, ability to deliver
services and infrastructure efficiently, ability to provide
local representation and decision making, the financial
sustainability of each council area, and any barriers that
inhibit, or incentives that could encourage, voluntary boundary
Review Panel will be chaired by Professor Graham Sansom,
who has considerable local government experience and currently
heads up the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government.
local government will be able to deliver services more efficiently
and effectively for residents, provide better governance
for communities, and maintain and upgrade their infrastructure.
Panel will consult widely with Far South Coast communities
and local government stakeholders while making its determinations.”
March 12th, 2012
two motions raised were passed unanimously by the community
meeting on Saturday 10 March 2012.
1. That this
meeting rejects the Draft LEP and calls for the immediate
suspension of all LEP activity by the Eurobodalla Shire
Council and the Department of Planning based on the current
2. That this
meeting calls for continued community action to oppose the
finds one in four ratepayers dissatisfied
Bay Post BY PAMELA FROST 10 Feb, 2012
Post Letters to the Editor 15/2/12
Dissatisfaction with council well deserved
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