Transparency was a prominent issue at last year’s South Gippsland Council elections and as noted in the local press was prominent again at the recent budget submissions.
Unfortunately the council has followed up with a move to limit transparency by passing C65.
Under C65 public questions or presentations to council must now be submitted three days prior via a three page written application, whereupon the CEO and mayor will decide to permit, or not, said question.
Seems anything may be refused which doesn’t come within council guidelines.
Heaven forbid that any question be asked that may embarrass or catch council unaware, or a presenter may want made public.
Thanks to councillors Skinner, Rich, Hill and McEwen who voted against this restriction on free speech but you were outnumbered by councillors some who claimed their vote was somehow a vote for transparency.
Steve Finlay, Leongatha.