WITH THE onset of autumn and the Toodyay festival season about to begin, it is worth noting that the town and the shire generally are looking in top shape at the moment.
This is no doubt due to the unstinting efforts by the shire’s outside staff who obviously take pride in their work.Read more
As the shire work crews are – by and large – locals, their work reflects the pride we all have in our town and our shire.
Unfortunately, that ethos does not seem to be replicated by some in the hallowed halls at shire headquarters.
As I recently personally found out, there is a degree of ‘bloody-mindedness’ and unhelpfulness signalled by some departments.
Anyone who has recently moved to the shire and tried to build will no doubt have come across this.
Unfortunately, because buildings are mostly completed by professional builders, this poor reputation is not contained within shire boundaries, and I am certain that local owner-builders will have experienced far, far more problems than the professionals.
I know there are building rules – as in every facet of life nowadays – but instead of being a petty ‘jobsworth’ at the expense of common sense, a bit more of “unfortunately you can’t do it that way but how about if you do it this way, etc.” wouldn’t go amiss.
Shire staff, from the top to the bottom, need to realise that they are there to help the ratepayer/customer who, at the end of the day, are the shire’s employers.
So how about we all start singing from the same hymn sheet and help make our shire the top dog of the Avon Valley again?