Thank you to everyone who voted for me at the recent South Gippsland Shire Council elections.
Thank you to our departing councillors and congratulations to the successful candidates.
There was a large number of good candidates and, to me, a surprising amount of interest from the community in the elections and local government in general.
Are there currently adequate opportunities for people to continue to have input into decisions made by council affecting their lives? One or two complaints or questions can be easily dismissed.
We need an ongoing, independent group, be it a council watchdogs, ratepayers association or similar to raise issues, give feedback, get answers and generally lobby council for the community.
If you have such a group or are otherwise interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0413 966 603.
Council needs our input, needs to be accountable and may even be helped by such a group.
Steve Finlay, Leongatha.