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Discussion in 'Living Room' started by Aaron Sice, 27th Aug, 2015.

  1. Aaron Sice

    Aaron Sice Well-Known Member

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    It's been suggested on a few occasions that I run for Local Govt with the City of Joondalup.

    Nominations open next week and I've thought about it - but was hoping there might be a few peeps on here that could provide a heads-up with what to expect with becoming a Councillor.

    Anyone?

    Cheers.
     
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  2. shorty

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    No advice, but I can see some planning applications coming your way
     
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  3. thatbum

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    I have a friend who's a councillor in Melville. It seems to be something that takes up a lot of after-hours time, and you get a small allowance ($10k-ish?) for your efforts.

    It also seems quite political. Can be a lot of nastiness and negativity going around, from pretty much all directions (other councillors, ratepayers, council workers etc).

    Still, I've thought about having a shot at it myself at times.
     
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    Look at potential conflict of interest. How can you make representations to council staff on begalf of a client if you are a councillor without a perception of conflict.

    If you have a genuine interest in improving the local area you might be able to be more effective as a private citizen on progress association etc and you can focus on what really interests you.

    Bear in mind that probably 90-95% of the budget is already committed for following years. I had a friend who was frustrated because of this and only lasted one term on his council
     
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  5. AndrewTDP

    AndrewTDP Urban Planning Consultant Business Member

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    Independent? It's a hard slog and a lot of time for a lot of angst but also rewarding.
     
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    10k!! Really? Around my neck of the woods they get paid roughly in line with State politicians. Though it is a very big regional council.

    I know a coup,e of them and they work enormous hours for what I consider to be very little financial reward.

    Edit: I just checked the mayor gets over 200k and the councillor gets approx 135k and they both work crazy unsociable hours.
     
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  7. Aaron Sice

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    conflicts of interest are declared and if anything was mine, I would have to abstain from the vote.
     
  8. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    Ensure you get Sim to delete all your SS and PC posts before lest they bite you in the bum down the track
     
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  9. AndrewTDP

    AndrewTDP Urban Planning Consultant Business Member

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    I've got mate who's a Councillor at Lake Mac. He's ALP but a good guy. He's very approachable and good to chat with. Happy to pass on his details if you want.
     
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    You'll need one of those big arrse recycling bins to get rid of the all the brown paper bags.
     
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    Free helicopter rides? :p
     
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  13. Be Developer

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    @Aaron Sice

    Go for it!

    Will be easy to get plans thru;)

    You probably read news abt Sam mahjer:)