Back in the old days, for those who can remember, the core business of councils was ‘roads maintenance, rubbish removal and basic infrastructure’, everything that supported the wellbeing of ratepayers. Now it seems that all of that has been contracted out and the basic responsibilities of a council towards its residents ostensibly handed to third parties, who have no vested interest in its citizens. Many government entities do this based on the argument that it’s not their ‘core’ business. All that councils (all councils) seem to be interested in are non-essential things such as art, ideology, social justice, politics and furthering councillors’ political ambitions. We moved some years ago from one of the worst rated councils, Wyndham, to one that is now fracturing at the seams as infighting and personal vendettas have forced administrators to take control. “South Gippsland council can ‘reflect on failure’ after suspension. The whole point of councils seems to have evaded our elected members as things fall completely into disrepute.
…and other brain dead inhabitants of Australia. One of the things that infuriates me more than anything else is the rubbish that bush pigs leave at campsites because they are too lazy to burn what’s burnable and bring back home what is not. Whenever and wherever we go bush camping, we always leave the campsites usually in better condition than when we arrived, certainly never in worse condition. However, that isn’t the case when it comes to many campers, who lack any common decency or sensibility.