LONG time local politics watchdog Tony Green has been sent a poison pen letter by someone unhappy with his scrutiny of Bayswater council.
The president of the Bayswater City Residents Association recently quizzed Bayswater councillors about the council’s impending Christmas closedown, worried about casual staff who wouldn’t get paid holiday leave. The questions earned him an unsigned letter from a mysterious malefactor, arriving in a Bayswater council postage-paid envelope.
“How dare you criticise the city’s staff for being given the opportunity to take a Christmas break,” read the letter.
“This has been a council-approved arrangement for the last few years due to most other businesses shutting down likewise and most people going on Christmas holidays.
“Some [staff] put in extremely long hours to satisfy the ratbag ratepayers such as you who have nothing more to do with their lives than to waste the city’s resources on answering your stupid questions.”
But Mr Green says some staff have called in support since hearing of the spiteful letter, thankful he’s thinking about them having no pay over the Christmas break.
The letter also questions the residents’ association’s bonafides, saying few people had heard of it or knew what it did, but Mr Green points out it’s been around since 1932 and he’s been the spokesperson for 20 years.
“We’ve helped thousands of ratepayers in that period,” he says.
“If a ratepayer rings me up, if they can’t get satisfaction from the council, if they’re too frightened to go in there, then I investigate their problem, and once I’m happy with it I stand up in the public gallery on their behalf. I’ve been to more meetings than most councillors have.”
by DAVID BELL