I WRITE after reading with concern the March Herald’s article detailing discussions our shire councillors had about sitting fees.
The comment “if you don’t pay enough, what do you get” reminded me of the saying “if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys”.
Experience shows that ambulance officers and bush fire fighters volunteer their time and services to attend incidents at all hours of the day and night.
Referring back to the quoted comment, does this mean you are not getting top-quality personnel because our ambos and fire brigade members are only volunteers and are not paid?Read more
What this community needs are councillors who are prepared to represent them for the right reason, not financial gain.
In years gone by, very good, wise, community-minded people were on council representing the ratepayers with their dedication, and their only consideration was the well-being of the shire.
These elected members were not necessarily wealthy either, just community people wanting to do the right thing by fellow individuals and groups.
Possibly councillors need to re-evaluate their motivation for putting their hand up when the next election comes around.