YOUR VOICE -YOUR CHOICE
Community Kept in the Dark on JETGO Exit
In the September 2016 election I stood on a platform of making the Council more transparent and accountable to the Community.
In the lead up to the by-election on July 29 my views on this have not changed.
The decision by JETGO Australia to cease its Port Macquarie to Melbourne service is a recent example of Council keeping information from the residents and ratepayers of the Port Macquarie Hastings area.
On Monday the 29 May, I personally called JETGO Australia CEO, Mr. Paul Bredereck and spoke at length with him on the reasons for the JETGO withdrawal. It was during this conversation that Mr. Bredereck informed me that he had personally called Mayor Peter Besseling shortly before his resignation announcement. During that conversation, Mayor Peter Besseling was advised of the decision by JETGO to end services on 17 July 2017.
As a community we must ask why did it take from the 8th of May until the 27th of May for Council to advise the Community of this service withdrawal?
Strangely during an interview by Michael Spooner of ABC radio, acting Mayor Cr Lisa Intemann commented that she was only informed on Saturday 28th May via a call from the General Manager and whilst she was attending the Ulysses motorcycle parade.
If this is true, why were sitting Councillors not advised?
In my opinion the Community should be informed promptly by Council about any matter which affects the level of service it receives.
While it was a commercial decision of JETGO to end the service, serious questions remain surrounding the level of information that was used in a 33 page report funded by Council to entice the aircraft carrier JETGO Australia to invest into the Port Macquarie market.
Should I be elected as Mayor on July 29, I pledge to the community that I will ensure Council communicates in an open and honest way surrounding all issues which are of importance or affect our day to day lives.
Your vote will ensure an end to the days of Council spin.