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Council Column – 29 July 2021 – Councillor John Walker

Jul 29, 2021

The postponement of Local Government elections for three months and which are now to be held on 4 December 2021 is a reminder of the impacts of decision making on us all. The extension of time to this term of Council resulted from the uncontrolled COVID-19 pandemic throughout parts of the state but especially the greater Sydney region.

While this rampant strain spreads within parts of the greater Sydney region much criticism was targeted at the recent people involved in rallies protesting the associated strict lockdown laws. It was seen that the traumatic impact to millions evolving from a single imported infection is not from community influences.

Although I in no way concur with the actions of protesters congregating in mass and including many of those not wearing the mandatory masks I understand their frustrations. There is no greater passion for action than an empty stomach and if not for oneself probably more for those for whose welfare is within our responsibility.

I agree with the historical chief author of the American Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson, who proclaimed “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” To me the ability to create a quality consciousness in a community is the foundation onto which a trusted improvement must be built. It cannot be built on the characteristic continual condemnation of others by State authorities.

I know many people within our community aspire to positive inspirations and achievements of our Olympians. Each competitor representing Australia has earned their place through mutual respect with their supporters, hard work and commitment.

This is our democratic Australian spirit and culture.

That mutual respect away from judgemental condemnation needs to be rekindled within Local Government to build stronger local communities.

It is to be an integral part of strategic planning for both the greater health and economic benefit of every community.

May we share that care with others to achieve this.

Councillor John Walker