30 March, 2016

Lithgow City Council Elections

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 29 March 2016 9:47 PM
To: Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: Is the Lithgow & District Community Forum really being resurrected for this year's Lithgow City Council Elections?

Is the Lithgow & District Community Forum really being
resurrected for this year's Lithgow City Council Elections?

Although The Nationals Lithgow & District Community Forum website  has remained inactive since late 2013, when their Lithgow City Council's Local Environmental Plan  project was shortly thereafter finalised and submitted by the Lithgow City Council to the State Government for approval, local Nationals are confirming that they still expect the Forum under the leadership of major Hartley landholders and Nationals Donor, Dick Austen, Bob Morris, Barry Funnell and Jim Robson to be fully resurrected for the forthcoming Lithgow City Council Elections to be held on Saturday 10 September 2016?

No doubt ratepayers and electors can all expect to be cordially invited once again to more of those 'not-for-profit, non-party political community association' Public Meetings across the District, seeking more small and large donations of cash to support the quasi Nationals getting their own members elected onto the former Labor dominated, Lithgow City Council?

Many past and indeed some of those small remaining Lithgow & District Community Forum members and voters have all been very disappointed that under the Forum's Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham from Portland, it has failed miserably over the past four years to meaningful achieve the Forum's pre-election motherhood commitments towards:

X   Development of our city, our towns, villages and rural areas together with our industry, infrastructure and our tourism potential?

X   Raising the community's pride in our area?

X   Achieving the long term viability and wellbeing of our city?

X   Promoting our area as a pleasurable place in which to reside, work and do business?

X   Establishing meaningful consultation with the community?

X   Conducting the affairs and meetings of Council in a respectful, conciliatory and non-confronting and importantly working as a team for the betterment of the community?

The NSW Local Government Elections in September this year is expected to receive more legal scrutiny by the State Government, ICAC and Elections NSW over public donations and those made by prohibited donors, including property developers following several damning public inquiry's since the last NSW Council Elections in 2012?

It is believed that at the moment there is only one or possibly two of the current Lithgow & District Community Forum elected Lithgow Councillors who will be standing once again for re-election, which may make it hard for the Forum to as they did at the last Lithgow City Council Elections in 2012, find the many tens of thousands of dollars in donations to stand another two teams of five candidates in this year's Lithgow City Council Elections in September?

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