You are here: Neil Reilly News


Newsletter Signup

Keep in touch with all the latest news

Latest News

28 August 2017

Council Life: Getting on with the others on the team.

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.


Older News

Council Life: Getting on with the others on the team. 28 August 2017

Iluka Reserve: Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense 24 August 2017

Some Achievments 23 August 2017

Neil Reilly plans 20/20 vision 21 August 2017

Reilly calls for higher standards 21 August 2017

Grace Mahon Wins Speaking Competition. 05 August 2017