For Immediate Release 22 March 2022
Authorised by Councillor John Piper
I’m pleased to be able to do this column as one of the new Councillors and coincidently the oldest on the new Hilltops council.
I have only lived in the Hilltops area for six years, having spent my life in Wollongong.
My wife Sandi and I moved to the beautiful Boorowa – seeking a tree change, and found that the whole of the Hilltops area is a photographers delight especially when the canola fields are ablaze with colour. The Asian tourist must have agreed as I saw them scramble over the fence to be photographed in amongst the canola.
I joined the local Boorowa Bushfire Brigade and have fought many fires local and afar – from Kempsey to Adelong.
I decided to stand for Hilltops Council, after Wendy Tuckerman was successful in gaining a state political seat and we at Boorowa, were left without any representation. I said to my wife, if she let me get a puppy I wouldn’t stand, but she said ‘NO’, so now I’m a Councillor.
I’m finding it a lot harder being a Councillor than I thought it would be. Let me explain – having had my own business in Wollongong, if things needed doing I did it or arranged for someone to do it. But now, when people ask for help, I can’t just jump in and help, there is a certain way you have to go about it. It’s called the ‘bureaucratic’ way. This road has a lot of ‘stop’ and ‘go’ signs on it, but eventually it gets to the same place, just more frustratingly slower.
Being a new Councillor involves a lot of reading. This is necessary in order to give an informed opinion of matters coming before Council. We as new Councillors are lucky to have a few very experienced Councillors to help us along and ask questions of.
I must admit it’s far more involved than I expected, but I wouldn’t swap it not even for my puppy, which I still haven’t got.
Councillor John Piper