I ATTENDED a Public Forum last Wednesday, December 10 at the Wauchope Country Club.
This “Engaging and Communicating With Our Community” Forum was arranged by the Port Macquarie Hastings Council.
To my disappointment there may have been a dozen people, other than the Council representatives, that attended.
Representing Council was the Mayor, 90% of Councillors ,the Council’s General Manager as well as senior Council Staff.
I believe that our community missed out on a great opportunity to address Council on many issues that affect this area.
The only major topic raised on the night was the Wauchope Pool. Although this is a very important issue and needs to be resolved there are many other factors that Wauchope and its local area need to address.
Just to list a few: how do we as a community address the importance of job creation for our children, especially those leaving school, whether they be apprenticeships, retail positions or otherwise; the issue regarding residential housing and where is the best area to expand; ways to attract more manufacturing to our region and issues that concern our famers.
There are many other topics that need discussing and/or debating.
After all, Council were there to hear the community’s needs and as a team work through these issues.
The more the public can air their concerns in such forums the better I feel that Council can work with the community.
I would hope that when next this Public Forum is offered that as many people as possible attend – not to be disruptive but to be constructive.
I would like to thank our Mayor, all Councillors and Council Staff for making their time available.
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