OPINION: Advice for future leaders with Council and Mayoral aspirations Opinion by News Of The Area - Modern Media - June 12, 2021 DEAR News Of The Area, ‘Herewith is an attempt to ‘define an approach’ for those who place their name forward for Local Government Election, and Mayoral Leadership. Rather than ambition or ego driven achievements, their representation is ‘exclusively’ for the ‘citizens’, and the ‘long-term good’, value, and benefits to the people. Consensus, cooperation and compromise are primary principles worth pursuing. The good of the people is above party politics and factions. Longer-term consideration is superior to creating deep and long-term divisions. Long-term and immense debt requires ‘very serious’ consideration for those who follow; especially in a City where Council rates are already high and when ‘national financial corrections’ are imminent. The excessive and indulgent spending of ratepayers annual contributions is negligent. First and foremost, the decisions of Council are for the ‘quality of life and enjoyment’ of the people ‘who live within its boundaries’. Finally – for the good of the people – the city’s administration must quickly and seriously consider this city’s population growth and manageable numbers. Parking is already a companion problem! Even now and during times of population build-up, city traffic is a problem. This, the bypass WILL NOT FIX! For the Council electoral aspirants, please try to get your priorities right! Sincerely, Kenneth PALMER, Coffs Harbour.