THE dust is settling and we have what we have for the next three years.
Sadly, despite the calls (and need) for change, we have another council of predominantly middle-aged and older men (apologies to Joanne McRae and best of luck), all from roughly the same socio-economic group and still six of the old guard.
I had high hopes of real change.
I hoped for the likes of Gail Copping who has a passion unequaled in any candidate, Gerald Power to add the Indigenous viewpoint to all council decisions, and Janelle Baylis to add the younger persons point of view.
I acknowledge that some seasoned councillors are important to retain, but one or two would be plenty.
Voting for a name that has a familiar sound to you, but not knowing who that person is, is virtually giving your vote away.
At the next election could everyone please take the time to research the candidates, listen to them speak in person, hear their confidence (or lack thereof) in public speaking, know their background, go along to a council meeting and see the current councillors in action.
And please vote below the line - one man, one vote.
I do not want anyone making decisions that affect my lifestyle who came into council on the shirttails of a ticket.