Mayor's column: Keep politics out of councils
IT HAS certainly been interesting to observe the changing face of politics over 2016. In June we observed 52% of 30 million British voters choose to leave the European Union.
The United States also saw dramatic changes in government as they prepare to farewell Obama and to inaugurate Donald Trump as their next President. Certainly not something I thought I would see in my lifetime. Labelled by some commentators as the "dirtiest election ever" and dragging on for what seemed an excruciating length of time, the campaigns seemed to harass and embarrass us all at different stages.
Then we turn to our own country and it is not hard to see how the state and federal politicians have been bogged down by "politicking" over the years.
In contrast, the role of local government still remains about the people. I still believe that at local government level we have the greatest opportunity to make changes - we can be agile and responsive and let's face it - if we keep the politics out of it - we can achieve great things for our community.
If you are not doing anything this Friday then I encourage you to come along to the Bush to Beach fundraiser for rural kids at Gympie Civic Centre on Friday, at 6.30pm. This event raises funds to bring kids out from drought-stricken regions to our beaches. Tickets are available from Tom Grady and ARB in Gympie, Rainbow Beach Pharmacy, Rainbow Beach Tourist Centre (7th Wave), Tin Can Bay Bakery, Jillys and Cafe to the Max.