Within a few weeks after being elected new Darebin Mayor, Steven Tsitas fell at the first test of his willingness to consult with the community. He failed to attend a meeting with ‘No Shade for A Decade’ representatives to discuss saving the majestic Melaleucas in East Preston and across the City of Darebin. The meeting was by invitation from the mayor’s office and was also to be attended by the CEO Rashiv Dev, who also failed to attend. Thank goodness for Daniel Freer who was in attendance and willing to listen. A more appropriate way to operate would be to reschedule meetings called by the Mayor rather than not attend. I hope there will be an improvement in the future.