The polls shows Pittwater residents (89%) want their council to remain the same. Where only 15% of Warringah residents want their council as is.
However, unlike the Manly Daily, I see the polls saying very much the same thing – people want a community and council like Pittwater’s – one which is strong, independent and listens to and acts on the community’s needs.
With 89% of Pittwater residents wanting our council to stay as is, it is crystal clear we are happy, dare I say in love with Pittwater. I have never lived in a stronger, more passionate community. And I am extremely proud to call Pittwater my home.
We know our councillors and many of our council staff. They are a part of us – independent from political parties or interests which are not in the communities best interest. I don’t always agree with every decision made but that is par for the course.
Residents have a strong say in how our community is shaped. It is the closest thing to a true democracy I have ever encountered.
Conversely with only 15% of residents in Warringah wanting its council to stay as is, says to me that they are not as happy or passionate about Warringah. They are obviously looking for a change. I would love them to have the community feel which we have in Pittwater. I wish them the very best. But something tells me growing larger at the expense of Pittwater and Manly isn’t the answer.
May be the answer is quite the reverse – looking at ways to become smaller, more a part of the community, the environment?
This is a personal view from a Pittwater resident who has lived in the area for six years.