I am writing in respect to the new Wagga Wagga City Council.
I need to state my situation first and that is I passed on information in support of the Labor Party at the recent election, but am not a member of any party.
My background is I have worked as a school counsellor and as a psychologist for many years. My only reason for mentioning this is my role over the years was to help solve conflict whether it be in families or between school students.
It is easy for organisations, and individuals for that matter, to get into a vicious circle when there are disparate views and personality conflicts. Hence the cost to ratepayers when the above occurs, as was the case in the previous council.
It is important that people listen to others and find solutions that can be consensual. Listening is more important than talking.
The next council's probable make-up will include people with many and varied views and priorities.
I am praying that history doesn't repeat itself in terms of unresolved conflict and bitterness and the various needs of each stakeholder can be addressed to the extent possible.
On another matter, thanks to The Daily Advertiser for the series on diabetes. It has been very informative and a reminder to take the disease seriously given I have type 2 diabetes.
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It has been reported that Premier Dominic Perrottet and his deputy Paul Toole are both looking forward to a regional road trip to the bush.
The Premier said he can't wait to hear from people across regional NSW about how his government can continue to improve our great state.
He said that he was looking forward to hearing about opportunities to build stronger economies and communities.
Well Mr Premier, look no further than Gundagai.
Since your government forced us into a disastrous merger with Cootamundra things have gone from bad to worse.
Our little town is fast losing its uniqueness. We are no longer the Tucker Box town - we are just an outer suburb of Cootamundra.
We are told that you are a dedicated family man and families are your number one priority. That being so then, for a start, spare a though for the families in Gundagai.
Although your predecessor, Gladys Berejiklian, promised that our forced marriage with Cootamundra would give us certainty for the future, to date, all we have got is uncertainty. Why is this so?
The families that the Premier is so concerned about have just recently been slugged with a hefty 53.5 per cent rate increase. A lot of these families include pensioners and low income earners.
This is only going to place added pressure on them just to keep the lights on.
As our forced marriage with Cootamundra is only causing anguish and hardship among the citizens of both towns, what are you, as the leader of the government, going to do about bringing an end to this disastrous merger?
We are not asking for the world, all we want is something that we already own - we only want our towns back.
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