Years ago, Bob Dylan wrote a song which included the words, “How many times can a man turn his head, and pretend that he just doesn’t see?”
In my opinion those words apply perfectly to our Mayor, Harold Johnston, and several other Dungog councillors.
For many months, as pointed out by correspondent Janelle O’Neill last week, the vast majority of the citizens of the Dungog Shire have been trying to get the message to our elected representatives that our preferred option is to merge with Port Stephens Council.
Strangely, they do not seem to be listening.
Councillors, you are supposed to be there to represent us. You are there to heed the desires and wishes of the people who elected you. Instead, most of you seem to be headed off in a direction of your very own. And, to date, you haven’t been taking your constituents into your confidence.
What is the grand plan that you must have?
Or is it, as we all fear, obstinacy with no real objective at the end of all this ducking and weaving?
To be saying that you don’t know how the people feel on this subject after all this time is, in my opinion, just obfuscation.
We are all heartily sick of it.
Here’s a plan. Go with the majority, and actually ask to be amalgamated (merged) with Port Stephens, instead of pussy-footing around the obvious.
And now for something completely different.
People, the Annual Clarence Town Bush Poets’ Day will be happening on June 23.
Lois Sanders, organiser-in-chief, is rushing around like an urgent telegram, urging the Poets to be ready.
I mention it now so that you may put it in your little black book.
This is a great day out and you wouldn’t want to miss it. It will be in the Clarence Town School of Arts.
Every little town should be lucky enough to have a School of Arts like Clarro’s. It is a wonderful building.
So, be aware. Bush Poets. At Clarro. June 23. More about it later.
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