Former sacked councillors are slowly coming out of hiding to declare their candidacy in the upcoming council election.
So far, in the hundreds of words offered by those dismissed councillors seeking re-election, no mention is made of the toxic culture that resulted in the resignation of six councillors and finally government intervention.
They have provided no acknowledgment, no explanation, no apology and most importantly no commitment that those behaviours will not be repeated.
It is for this reason that I and other resigning councillors urge voters to put those sacked candidates last when voting.
State government would also appear to be concerned at the prospect of former sacked councillors being elected. The appointment of a monitor for the first 12 months of the new council seems principally designed to protect fresh councillors from the bad behaviour that occurred during the reign of the sacked regime.
On a positive note, if those former sacked councillors are not elected, the need for a monitor disappears. This would save the community many thousands of dollars in monitor fees.
So do our prospective new councillors a favour, put the sacked regime last and possibly save money as well.
Jim Fawcett, former South Gippsland Shire Councillor and Mayor.