Last Wednesday, I attended a community rally in Gisborne with speakers from the Hanging Rock Action Group, Save Daly Reserve, Getting Riddell Right and other community action groups. The rally's purpose was to call on Macedon Ranges Shire Council to treat its community with respect, to recognise the community and one another as equals, and to be inclusive, through a commitment to information sharing and community consultation.
As I looked around the more than 100 residents gathered in the rain, I was struck by the fact that here were the people who work tirelessly to ensure the towns and communities of the Macedon Ranges are strong and thriving.
Here were the people involved in landcare, in church activities, in the sustainability group, in reconciliation and a host of other activities.
Here were the people who are an asset to our community, not a threat.
I now believe the breakdown in trust between the council and its community warrants the immediate attention of the Minister for Local Government, Tim Bull.
If the council won't listen, the minister should.