Councillors' views - Bruce Hull

Read the latest City Limits Magazine column by Councillor Bruce Hull.

  This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 50 - December 2015.

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COMMUNITY.  As we approach the festive season I ask, what does it mean to you and how can your Council embrace and nurture it? Over the past 12 months I am pleased to advise that your Council has become less corporate focused, instead turning the focus back to the community it represents.

For example, I was chuffed to have seconded the motion to prohibit fast food advertising on bus shelters near our schools. This is just one measure to try and address childhood obesity. I was equally as chuffed to have seconded the motion to permanently fly the Rainbow Flag outside our Council Chambers in order to acknowledge the gay-lesbian and transgender folk in our community, just in the same way that we fly the Aboriginal flag.

Council is much more than bin night, and we should be taking on the advocacy and stewardship of many issues that impact on our community such as health/safety, economy and environment. We should be striving for a caring and just society that leaves no one behind. No survival of the fittest.

Recently I moved to obtain a report, yes I simply attempted to seek information so as to guide Council as to how to wean two of our clubs that are leasing Council buildings off poker machines. Unfortunately the new Council/new culture ethos did not follow through and I was unsuccessful in obtaining this information that would have assisted Council not to be implicit in social harm. Poker machines and community are mutually exclusive terms.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

 

Councillor Bruce Hull