I certainly agree with getting rid of municipal councillors. A State Department of Local Government will do just fine. In Queensland anyway, councils are legally no more than subcontractors for the state.
It is only during the last 12 months at the Queensland government has abolished two councils and put and administrator in, probably a first for this state.
At least the southern states don’t have parasitic counsellors being paid nearly as much as a state MP with better perks such as a free car for any use whatsoever. It must cost many millions of dollars each year doing work that other states can do for little more than their expenses.
And certainly those in Victoria should be stripped of all control of parking restrictions on busy thoroughfares not to mention overruling infrastructure requirements of the tramway.
On 15 May 2019, at 11:00 am, Andrew Cook d3619@...> wrote:
Totally agree with this Tony. Town planning should be administered by State Government only. As for the municipal clowncils, they should have nothing to do with the town planning process. Even better, why not abolish the useless clowncils altogether? The country would save billions by getting rid of these bozos.
Andrew Cook (who thinks Australia is over-governed).
From:tramsdownunder@... tramsdownunder@...> on behalf of Mal Rowe mal.rowe@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:37 AM
Subject: Re: [TramsDownUnder] Re: Planning priorities - [Was skyrail]
On 14/05/2019 19:00, Prescott wrote:
> How on earth is town planning incompatible with democracy?! Life in a
> democracy is not much fun if your city doesn't work properly.
> In any case, the central planning is performed - with public input and
> consultation - by the democratically-elected state government that
> people have voted for on the basis of policies put forward at an
> election. Any state government should take full reponsibility for big
> picture planning and not leave it entirely to local interests that
> have no regard to what the effects might be in adjacent municipalities
> or the common good in general.
It sounds like we are actually in 'furious agreement' - perhaps I should
have focussed on consultation rather than 'democracy'!
Mal Rowe - who reckons cities are for people