Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, Mr David Harris, congratulated the new Mayor of the Central Coast and called for immediate action to improve transparency for ratepayers.
“An independent panel of solicitors should be set up to replace the internal Ombudsman position, so that staff complaints can be heard with confidentiality,” Mr Harris said.
“The former Warringah Council had such a structure in place to protect staff.
“The Council should immediately review Community Use charges for facilities to ensure fair, affordable access for sporting and community groups.
“Our Council needs a new direction as soon as possible.
“People voted to have a Council which is open and accountable,” Mr Harris said.
“Jane Smith is a great community worker and I look forward to her leading the charge to put community first in the new Council.
“We have a chance to have a united Council whose first priority is putting ratepayers first, and I urge all Councillors to support sustainable development, jobs and protecting our beautiful environment.
“I will work with the new Council to ensure the Berejiklian Government gives the Coast our fair share of record NSW revenue,” he said.
Media release, Sep 27
Zachary Harrison, office of David Harris