Why Waste My Rates?
Wednesday 10 July 2013, Glengarry West, Latrobe City Council cuts
two slasher widths along local roads.
These images are from the roads adjoining my property, Burnet Park
Rd and Halliday Rd.
The grass in Burnet Park Rd is short and some what sparse (slashed
section on the left) and varies from less than 100mm
to about 200mm
Halliday Rd is more even
At about 100mm on both sides
Neither road presents as a fire hazard, the grass is not long enough
to impair vehicle vision at intersections, or long enough that a
driver could fail to see any animal on the side of the road, it is
winter when grass growth is restricted, so what has been achieved?
Well, nothing other than a waste of my rates.
I'm sure those Council tractors are working all across Latrobe City
Council burning diesel day-in and day-out and burning your
rates and mine with them.
Will councillors put an end to this waste or was their election
statements just political rhetoric?
"I have fought to stop waste on council and its projects and will
continue to do so" - Dale Harriman
"..and will strive to: ensure the Council is responsive to the
community's needs" - Sandy Kam
"It is important to have accessible local Council services that are
well resourced and sustainable" _ Kellie O'Callaghan
"ratepayers communication and proper consideration of their needs" -
Let me know if you are going to do anything about wasting my rates
and those of the Latrobe community.
Correspondence with the council has revealed the roadside is cut to
a schedule, NOT on a needs basis. That certainly highlights the
waste of money. You would think they would take seasonal conditions
Image from the Gippsland Times/Maffra Spectator twenty days later.
The adjoining shire, Wellington are encouraging farmers to apply for
a grazing permit during a time of fodder shortage, yet Latrobe City
Council are spending rate payer's money slashing the roadside!! It
really shows how out of touch Latrobe City Council are to the needs
of their rural ratepayers.
Update 3 - 14 February 2014
Here we are seven months later . It is the middle of summer and
bushfire season with one meter high grass on the roadside, but have
we seen any sign of Latrobe City Council?
NO, of course not. What of their so called schedule of grass
mowing, nothing done since cutting 100mm high grass SEVEN MONTHS
ago, was it just an excuse to fob off ratepayers and cover their
Today I paid my rates but don't expect them to be used wisely for
the coming year.
I strongly recommend the following councilors, Dale
Harriman, Sandy Kam, Kellie O'Callaghan and Michael Rossiter are
booted out at the next election.