People want a community, a council like Pittwater

Pittwater-PBI’m not surprised at the difference in the Warringah and Pittwater Councils’ surveys on “fit for the future”.

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.

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One thought on “People want a community, a council like Pittwater

  1. Lynne Czinner says:

    I remember clearly a comment made at the big meeting at WSC where PIttwater residents packed the room and there were just a very few Warringah residents “We live in an environment not an economy.” This could also have been similarly expressed as “we live in a community not an economy.”
    The welfare and life style of the local community is is what Local Government is charged to provide to the ratepayers and it seems that despite disagreements from time to time which we feel free to express, the Pittwater Council has been reasonably successful. This has been reflected in the recent survey results.
    This may well have been because right from the start we knew what we did not want from our Council and that was more of what we had from WSC for many years.
    We got off to a slow start but with time and so many secessionists still here to back the Council, volunteering their time, expertise and life experiences, we have made a success of something most people probably thought would fail, and we forged an even stronger community.
    We do not say we are from the Northern Beaches, we say we are from Pittwater.
    A lot of the success can be put down to the close relationship between the Council, Councillors and the residents who share a “community of interest”–have similar values.
    With FFTF being foremost in our minds a comment worth considering comes from the Mayor of Mosman, Peter Abelson, an economist, “It is not the size of the Council which makes it sustainable but the amount the ratepayers are prepared to pay for the services and infrastructure provided by the Council and needed by their community?” or words to that effect. It could sound elitist but it is true, and he foundation on which a Council operates, nevertheless.

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