Fredman a year on: I've done my best to make presence felt
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
One year on for councillor
I'VE been in office as the Division 8 (Mary Valley) councillor for one year now. It is timely to reflect on what has happened over that time.
Being a councillor you are just one of a team and have to work with others for the betterment of everyone. Hence I have supported many proposals that have a net common good. I have avoided being confrontational for the sake of winning a political point.
In relation to finances I have done my best to make my presence felt. I have debated strongly (but been on the losing side) on issues where I believe too much money is being spent without enough benefit for ratepayers. An example is the multi-million dollar Upper Mary St beautification.
I have been vocal in relation to matters about the management of the Rattler; suffice to say the Rattler is here to stay and all I can push for is better accountability for the ongoing costs to ratepayers.
I have been open with my thoughts, and have maintained regular posts on my public Facebook page.
But roads continue to be my passion and I am hoping that a new culture in that part of council will lead to better maintenance. I drive my own car for council business, and feel every pothole.
My duty as a liaison between the council and the people has brought me a lot of work in the past year. I never thought I could help so many individual ratepayers.
The Valley from The Dawn to Traveston is a vibrant place where things are happening. It's a privilege to be part of it, and I remain grateful for the opportunity.
So here I am one year on - please contact me if I can help you in some way.
Cr Bob Fredman,