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Community cabinet meetings

By Gungahlin Al 22 January 2008 26

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that PM Rudd has taken his new Cabinet out into the field for a community cabinet meeting.

When I was a councillor on the Sunshine Coast, we started holding council meetings in different towns around the Shire, taking community feedback as part of the process.

Then when my colleague Cr Peter Wellington got himself elected as an independent to the Qld State seat of Nicklin, he held the balance of power for 3 years, and convinced Peter Beattie to take his cabinet out into the community. The first stop of course was in the Nicklin town of Nambour (in my electorate), and it went over very well. So it’s fair to say I’m well disposed to pollies connecting with the community in this way.

All of this is my roundabout way of asking, if the PM were to bring his cabinet to Canberra, what questions would people like to see asked?

With my Gungahlin Community Council hat on, of course my question would be when will we see some action on Bob McMullan’s commitment to see a federal department or 2 based in Gungahlin?

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Gungahlin Al 1:49 pm 24 Jan 08

Ah the sacred martial art of….Ekkythump!

Thumper 12:48 pm 24 Jan 08

I bought the complete Goodies.

More believable than the West Wing 😉

caf 12:45 pm 24 Jan 08

Heh, I finally succumbed and starting watching the West Wing a few days ago, just saw that episode too.

Gungahlin Al 10:30 am 24 Jan 08

Made me laugh Aurelius! Coincidentally we just last week watched that episode from our West Wing box set, as the current crop of TV viewing is so woeful we’ve started it again from the beginning.
If only the real people running the governments of the world were so sharp…

Aurelius 10:00 am 24 Jan 08

When these community cabinet meetings, and the bookings for appointments etc were announced, did anyone else hear Leo McGarry making the speech about a big block of cheese??

Fluges 8:38 pm 23 Jan 08

It’s the commercial operation behind this thing that I call the ‘Spivs’ because I listened to their ‘Campaign Director’ on radio and, boy, did he sound like a spiv. Several callers rang in to voice their, quite valid, concerns about the bridge and, as well as being dismissive, he was quite rude about it. I was left in no doubt that the main aim of the bridge was to line his pockets and that this was quite a commercial venture. It’s keeping him in a job, anyway.

I have emailed my concerns to him, but received no reply.

The bridge itself is quite a substantial built structure, with infrastructure at both ends, and it will impact significantly on the natural vista from all angles. They reckon it will be 12m high, 10m wide and have 14 pylons. It will dominate the landscape.

It will be covered in bird shit in no time. Have you ever been on any of the jetties on LBG? Pelicans do really big turds.

To see the well-considered concerns of just one group of LBG users, I refer you to the Letter to Members on the Canberra Yacht Club’s site:

There’s still a chance your mates may have done their dough. They only have ‘in-principle’ agreement from the NCA, and a final design has not been approved. With amazing arrogance, they have proceeded as if it has.

Millsy, if you want the equisite experience of crossing LBG by bridge, the I suggest you try Commonwealth or Kings Ave bridges, they’re both closer to the smelly water.

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