28 August 2017
Council Life: Getting on with the others on the team.Click to enlarge
It is valuable to sometimes reflect on the work of being a councillor, and on how it all works.
Whatever needs changing in a neighbourhood, a councillor could be just the person to change it by becoming a local advocate. No other role gives a chance to make such a huge difference to the quality of life for people in Kiama Local Government Area.
There are nine of us councillors, each with the responsibility of representing over 20,000 people. That's all of the people in Kiama's Local Government Area…not just those who voted for us.
That means you are part of a team…you need the teamwork to make the dream work!
Failing to understand that you are part of a team, failing to understand that life is full of differences of opinion and that one needs to find common ground is fatal to a councillor's success. To have a motion passed, you need the support of at least four other councillors. This requires some finesse.
Learning to pick the people who know from the know-alls, learning to communicate clearly and how to build interest in an issue are critical skills a councillor must develop.
Only a psychopath could imagine they should or will always get their own way, so learning how to accommodate different views, how to find a path that the majority can live with, to experience give-and-take are the skills of a worthwhile councillor.