Congratulations, Michael Giles.
His editorial in the South Gippsland Sentinel-Times (‘Nothing to see here’, September 24) nailed it as it seems to be the case frequently these days.
In respect of the livestreaming of council meetings, his point that rogue councillors and council administration can be held to account through this means is an excellent reason for any council to adopt it as a compulsory method of communicating with residents who live in what is purported to be a democracy.
The last South Gippsland Shire Council (SGSC) meeting was an excellent example of the failure of democracy in our shire.
Before a meagre gallery audience, a sham performance took place.
Two unelected state government appointed administrators and an acting CEO put on a show that was an embarrassment and an example of the most undemocratic meeting ever witnessed in this Shire… including all those that led up to the sacking of the elected councillors.
The procedure was unrelenting… an agenda (printed copies insufficiently supplied to the gallery as usual) was read out by one administrator of only two present… since the appointed chairwoman had earlier been approved leave of absence.
That same administrator asked for objections of which there were none and the motion was then declared by the same administrator as carried unanimously after the only other administrator present voted in agreement.
The silent witness to this fiasco was the acting CEO who sat centred between both administrators.
This did not look like democracy to the South Gippsland gallery who were angry, shocked and disillusioned.
It is on record live screened for all to see. The million-dollar question is… what can we do about it?
Marie Gerrard-Staton, Korumburra.
Democracy… what’s that?