We had to wait for an hour and a half to ask questions at last nights Darebin Council meeting. The hold up was due to political shenanigans between the block of four and the block of five. You can watch proceedings here: http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/en/Your-Council/How-council-works/Meeting-Agendas-and-Minutes
The gallery was full to overflowing of residents, the majority evidently cross with the way Mayor Steven Tsitas is running council. DADA consistently argues for more transparency in decision making in local government. This is written into our charter. While there were gains made for better consultation and transparency under the last mayor it looks as though the current mayor has taken us back to the bad old days.
It is not good for the council to be in such disarray. Important issues are not being properly considered or debated if there are not alternative voices in the chamber.
I call on all the Councillors to hold to the promises they made the community prior to being elected, specifically those who ran as independents, who clearly are not. It is a dangerous political game which will, no doubt, be bad for us all.
If you are a concerned resident contact your local ward representatives and express your concerns. Seriously consider changing your vote next year when this lot run again. We deserve a better council than this.