Since the merger of three councils into one Midcoast Council, its prioritisation of projects, its financial control, its efficiency and its transparency have been in ratepayers' spotlight.
This, of course, is not isolated to Midcoast Council as councils generally are intensely scrutinised by ratepayers.
Ultimately, ratepayers rely on having sound representation of their views and requirements by elected representatives on council.
MidCoast Council is a major corporation and its operations cover a massive area with wide-ranging operational, marketing and financial responsibilities.
Every such enterprise needs sound direction from a well-motivated and dedicated board of directors (in this case elected councillors) to set strategic plans and oversight the execution of those plans by employed management and their teams.
Council needs to be cohesive, not divisive, and should objectively and responsibly monitor the achievement of plans by management and staff.
With the next council elections coming up in September, Forster Tuncurry and surrounding areas need committed representation on council, especially since the recent retirement of long serving mayor and councillor Jan McWilliams.
I hope that potential candidates will step up to the challenge and stand for election to give Forster Tuncurry ratepayers solid representation on the next Midcoast Council.
September is not far away given the need to establish plans and teams.