Councils must lift
Adelaide Advertiser, Adelaide by None 24 Jul 2014
NO doubt there are some tremendous local councillors peppered throughout South Australia doing some tremendous things for their communities.
What a pity, therefore, that the credibility of the local government sector continues to suffer at the hands of rogue individuals, petty infighting and a common perception of overgovernance.
Today's story about a controversial Prospect councillor with eight code-ofconduct complaints to his name is the perfect example.
So bad is his record, councillors have voted to kick him out of public office, at least for the next three months. But he is refusing to go, and will now run for mayor.
Another councillor in another municipality has been censured for bullying a colleague about being chauffeured to meetings.
This is a bad look at a time the Local Government Association is trying to lure candidates for elections in November.
And all this in a week when Gill Hicks's decision to nominate for Unley Council should have refocused the sector on its goal of serving our local communities.
25 July 2014
Bullying is unacceptable in the workplace
What a pity that so many can only find the faults in local government and never all the wonderful things that do get done and the great people that make them happen (both staff and councillors.) Bullying is unacceptable in any situation. Why then was the editorial not about bullying in the workplace; it would have been worth accolades? The article is reproduce below to see what you think? I remember very clearly how it felt to be bullied and treated differently to others in the early stages of this council term, it doesn't feel good and reflects poorly on the Council and the perpetrator.