LETTERS 5.9.15

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Respond to what I said
IN response to Mayor Carey’s “answer” to my previous letter (Voice, August 15, 2015), it would be helpful if he actually responded to what was actually written.
I did not question whether the appointment of a consultant to review the CEO’s performance constituted “prudent financial management”. I specifically questioned council’s choice of the most expensive tender of $10,000 (based on the length of their checklist) as being an example of this “prudence”.
As the mayor stresses, the importance that everyone must understand that council can only appoint and review one position, that being the CEO, I have two things to say.
First, when the mayor served as a councillor, he at two performance reviews of the previous CEO John Giorgi had no complaints and even voted to give the CEO a bonus. Curious then, that as soon as he came to power, he organised the coup to oust that same CEO.
Second, with all respect, it does seem to be mighty hypocritical to be sledging other councils regarding “accountability and transparency” when I don’t seem to recall any disclosure by John Carey that he and the new CEO were high school mates.
Debbie Saunders
Oxford St, Leederville

Just doing my job
I WELCOME the opportunity to respond to Mr Maller’s letter, (“Free tickets not front page,” Voice Mail, August 29, 2015).
The issue he referred to was a proposal for the City of Perth to sponsor the WA Ballet for the amount of $55,000 for 12 months. First, let me say I voted in favour of the sponsorship and strongly support the work of the WA Ballet.
It is on the public record that during debate on the item I asked a question of the CEO about whether it was normal practice for city staff to be offered a discount on the purchase of tickets as part of council sponsorship. I also commented that I believed that an allocation of 110 tickets to councillors and staff was a bit over the top.
As an elected representative it is my responsibility to ask questions of the administration on matters before the council. I am surprised anyone could possibly believe otherwise.
Is it trivial for me to scrutinise sponsorship arrangements which result in free and discounted tickets being provided to councillors and staff? Why would anyone not want this question asked?
I ask questions and make comments at council meetings regardless of whether the media is present. Journalists make their own choices about what they think is in the public interest and publish accordingly.
Mr Maller may think my proactive communication with electors is unnecessary but I respectfully disagree.
Since before I was elected and every day since I have been reaching out to people in the city to seek their feedback, ideas and input. Letters, newsletters, emails, phone calls, social media, visiting business owners and good old-fashioned door-knocking; I do them all. I believe it to be my responsibility and it is one of the most enjoyable parts of my role as a councillor.
Don’t we want our elected representatives to communicate and be responsive to community concerns? Why should the people of the City of Perth expect anything less?
Reece Harley
Councillor
City of Perth

Pick up your poop!
TO all the irresponsible dog owners who are privileged to have Riverside Gardens, a beautiful huge area, to exercise your beloved dogs in, pick up your dog’s poop!
I don’t go to the park very often, but when I did I was disgusted by the amount of doggy poop all over the park. Not little ones but big lumps of poop everywhere.
To those guilty of abusing your privilege, again I say pick up your dog’s poop!
There is no excuse — there are ample poop stations and I observed most people doing the right thing.
Donelle Phillips
Barlee St, Mount Lawley

Much better
IN response to the article in the Voice (“Mayor, rival in Facebook spat,” August 29, 2015) I am very pleased to see that, since the article was published, Cr Sylvan Albert has updated his website to now be more accurate.
Catherine Ehrhardt
Railway Pde, Maylands

Off the dial
BROADBAND to a home user is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money.
The labour, equipment and cable, installed into our home would have cost thousands of dollars.
I have had broadband connected to our house for a year now. I did not notice any difference from day one.
The next series of mobile phones will be able to do most of the chores you can do from your home line.
A lot of householders are not having a landline connected, choosing to use a mobile phone.
Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on ABC TV it was too costly to run fibre-optic cable to outback communities, instead there were two satellites to be launched to cater for the outback.
Would not it be wise, considering the state of Australia’s economy, to put broadband on hold until we are in a better financial state?
Frank Granger
Melville Bch Rd, Applecross

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