Change in the wind for Kyogle
AFTER witnessing a continued lack of formality in Kyogle Council meetings, and standing on the sidelines during a third Department of Local Government investigation into the council in 2006, Lynette Zito said she had decided that 'Kyogle deserved better'.
On Saturday, Ms Zito was the first member of the Kyogle Council Election Group, formed in 2006 by independent residents concerned about poor governance in the region, to launch her campaign to run for one of nine council positions at this year's local election.
It is expected that Ms Zito will be the first of nine candidates to come from the Council Election Group (CEG), an impressive turn out considering only 10 candidates ran for nine council positions at the last election.
Kyogle Mayor Ernie Bennett said he was pleased so many candidates were running this year and hoped 'they were as good as or better than the councillors we have now'.
However, he said the people who were criticising the current council may find it all 'quite different once they were elected'.
“I think we run a pretty good council and the majority of the community are quite happy with our level of service and governance,” Cr Bennett said.
According to Ms Zito, the increased number of candidates and interest in the CEG reflected a growing trend in the region that more people wanted to know how the council works.
“Since the CEG was formed, we have been meeting monthly as a way to give residents a better understanding of how local politics works and to teach them how to provide input to their council,” she said.
This will be the first local election since the CEG formed.