Mayor West's comments in the Great Lakes article entitled Popularly elected mayor would be a disaster says West surprise me.
The mayor is promoting an argument about the permanency of a popularly elected mayor and warns that, if we ended up with a mayor who, in Mayor West's words "turns out to be a dud", we would be stuck with him or her for the full four years.
The mayor prefers the method that MidCoast Council was given by the merger proclamation in 2016, when our new council was set up, which is that the councillors alone elect the mayor every two years.
Interestingly, the mayor is silent about the fact that all councillors normally hold office for the full four year term and we cannot change that even if we are dissatisfied with them and this could include our dissatisfaction about denying us a democratic referendum and the error of a costly office centralisation project on Biripi Way in an era of decentralisation.
I may not be happy to be stuck with these councillors but I must be gracious in putting up with them out of respect for the relatively good democratic system under which we operate.
Nawal Maharaj, Harrington
Dementia doesn't discriminate - do you?
During Dementia Action Week, September 16-22, Dementia Australia is challenging all Australians to think differently about dementia by asking 'Dementia doesn't discriminate. Do you?'
We are calling on our communities to consider how discrimination impacts people of all ages, living with all forms of dementia and their families and carers.
While the number of Australians living with dementia is close to half a million, there are an estimated 1.5 million involved in the care of people living with the disease.
In the Federal electorate of Lyne there are an estimated 4735 people living with dementia this year, which is expected to increase to 7891 by 2058.
Nobody chooses to have dementia. We can however choose how we respond to the people in our lives and in our community who are living with dementia.