Your View: YP Council

MID and southern Yorke Peninsula has, in the past couple of council terms, been subjected to manipulative, bully-like tactics to allow the Yorke Peninsula Council administration to try to push through its own agenda, whether it is warranted or supported by the community or not.

This extends from a poor decision to try to sell community land to cover budget shortfalls; to try to slam through rate rises with concerning tactics; to acting, at great expense to ratepayers, to push through, in this council sitting, an unnecessary reprimand decision.

Councillor Scott Hoyle, who raised the initial complaint about Councillor Tania Stock, also raised several other allegations that were proven not to be substantiated. Yet Cr Hoyle was not taken to task by this current administration for making such allegations against another councillor.

As the date for the close of voting in local council elections approaches, as ratepayers in this community, we need to put serious thought into who we choose to represent us. Will they act in their own interests? Will they go on holiday with and regularly have coffee with the council administration, or will they act independently, on behalf of constituents, without being manipulated by this council administration and/or their fellow councillors?

It is important to consider the past actions of some current councillors and the need for a change to a team of councillors who will work with and respect each other, advise the council administration rather than be managed by the council administration, and speak up for and strongly represent the needs of YP in relation to mining, tourism, agriculture, health and access to education and services, to state government and other influential bodies.

A big loud cash splash does not translate into good leadership.

Nadia Slade, Yorketown

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