It would be discourteous if I failed to thank Councillors Morton and Allan Brown for inviting me, through your Opinion page, to stand for council (Bay Post/Moruya Examiner June 13 and July 13).
The challenging tone of our councillors’ letters was not necessary.
Progressive communities encourage their members to be interested, informed and involved in matters that affect their wellbeing.
Regressive communities are secretive. Unfamiliar views and innovation are treated as threats, to be discouraged or derided.
Their insecure leaders demand uncritical praise and conformity within their narrow perspective.
Readers will all have opinions about which end of the progressive to regressive scale Eurobodalla is closer to. But the quality of life in our magnificent region will be greatly enhanced when they vote for a council that engages, rather than alienates, more of the abundant skill, goodwill and generosity that resides in our community.
Our community is Eurobodalla’s most unappreciated asset. It needs genuine care.
I will not be getting in the way of the more energetic, capable and youthful candidates who deserve a seat in our council.
Hopefully, the women in our community will assert themselves by providing more balanced representation come September. And someday we should have councillors who put their community first.
Don Burns, Tuross Head