There have been calls from the local community for concessions to be made by Willoughby Council to assist Clr Mandy Stevens to resume her role in full as a Councillor. Clr Stevens has missed a large number of Council meetings since 2012 due to medical reasons. Currently, Clr Stevens is attending some meetings of Council but typically needs to leave the meetings early.
Former Willoughby Council Alderman Prue Dally has organised a petition in an attempt to remedy the situation. The petition calls on the Minister of Local Government and the Legislative Assembly to intervene on behalf of the community to “ensure Willoughby City Council complies with the intention of their legislative responsibilities, standards and guidelines and West Ward is effectively represented”.
Preambles to the petition cite the need for ‘appropriate representation’ and ‘the apparent inability of a Councillor to direct, control and participate in the affairs of Council in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 No.30.
A key issue being pursued via the Petition Preamble is questioning Clr Stevens’ ability to ‘represent ratepayers and residents to liaise communicate and advocate on their behalf with the local Council.
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If you wish to sign the petition, just print out a copy and add your support by signing.
The, either scan your signed petition and email it to the President of the Chatswood West Progress Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can post your petition to:
Jim McCredie, President, Chatswood West Ward Progress Association, 11 Tessa St, Chatswood NSW 2067.
May 2014: The North Shore Times published a letter and editorial commending Clr Stevens’ contribution to the community over a long period of time.