OPINION: Local democracy in action?

DEAR News Of The Area,

I BELIEVE Democracy is failing local residents of the Nambucca Valley.

Local government must facilitate public participation.

However, this is difficult with our local Nambucca Valley Council.

While the council does supply Councilor contact information at www.nambucca.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-DGA-00-84-65, emails sent to these addresses are not responded to in my experience.

The only responses I have received sometimes arrive from the Mayor.

It’s important to recognise in a democracy that the role of Councilors (clearly outlined on Council’s Business page) includes ‘to represent the collective interests of residents, ratepayers and the local community’.

Beverly GIBBS,
Nambucca Heads.

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