Re: Maroondah vote: preferential system ticks all boxes, says expert
Preferential voting is far more democratic and is probably the best system available. However, it is easily manipulated in the postal voting system that we use for electing the council. It is far too easy for someone to sign up 'running mates' who have a nice photograph and perhaps represent a different demographic to the candidate. Despite the 'running mates' having no community involvement and no real desire to be elected, they attract some votes away from the opposition, votes that will then flow to their mates as preferences.
Peter Feeney (via web)
Re: Yarra Ranges councillors open up
Disappointing to see these new councillors overlook the experience and popularity of Noel Cliff and Samantha Dunn, and instead vote in Jim Child.
Mscathsemail (via web)
Re: Tecoma McDonald's: Protesters spitting chips after being forced off-site by police
McDonald's spokeswoman says: "There are many who are supportive of McDonald's in Tecoma." Oh? And who of the 2200 people in Tecoma told you so? Certainly not the 1200-plus written objectors! Or the 300 submissions to VCAT!
David Edwin Carr (via web)
It's simple. They are trying to build directly opposite our kinder and primary school — less than 20 metres away. Our kids have the right to play in the playground without having McDonald's banners and ads in their faces every day. How would you feel if it was your child's school opposite?
Kessia Thomson (via web)
What planet is McDonald's spokeswoman Skye Oxenham on when she says "some are unhappy" but "many support" a McDonald's in Tecoma? The submissions to council went eight in favour and 1300 against! Maybe Skye needs to do some basic math.
Garrymuratore (via web)
Re: Tecoma McDonald's: Council meeting hijacked
Hijacked? Protesters? This is a bunch of residents fighting to preserve the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. The people of this region take their duty as custodians of the area very seriously. What a shame the newly elected Yarra Ranges councillors don't share the same vision. The Dandenong Ranges are a tourist cash cow for the council yet they will not stand up and protect it. The ramifications of this building will be the shame these councillors wear around their necks for ever more.
Disappointed (via web)
Hmmm. I was there and I did not hear the alleged comment from Rueben Vogt or any interaction with him. Is this just his opinion or do you have proof? Also, showing our backs to the councillors who voted no, and would not give reasons, is a fair thing in a democracy. The councillors who voted no are not ones who live in the hills. Yarra Ranges Shire should include all residents and ratepayers. Advising why you vote one way or another is a minimum we should expect from elected officials.
Jess B (via web)
Our council is spending more than $13 million on their offices. I struggle to see how they 'cannot afford' to follow this into the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Cath (via web)