Commerce before community

THE political wing of the Eurobodalla Ratepayers Association was formed to achieve the objectives of the association, among them open and honest government, transparency and community involvement.

It is very strange, therefore, to read that when the matter of traffic lights at the corner of Perry and North streets was being discussed, two of the members, Councillors Leslight and Burnside, proposed an amendment which read: “Council convene a meeting with the executive of the Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce, three representatives of landlords and landowners, Roads and Maritime Service and the local member to consider the proposal and any options”.

In failing to include ordinary members of the community in the proposed February meeting one could be forgiven for forming an opinion that for these two ERA councillors, commercial interests are more important than the needs of the community when it comes to the issue of safe pedestrian movement around the CBD, particularly for the elderly, the disabled and the blind.

Statistics show that this segment of our community already constitutes disproportionate percentages in comparison with other councils in NSW - and it is growing.

Tony Carroll

Mossy Point

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