There are many that think Council should only be about the 3 R’s. 50 year ago that was acceptable. But just as society has progressed over time, so has the expectation of the average home owner or investor in the city and suburbs.
In the 1980’s Australia had a massive household economic boom based on public financial education and the use of equity to be leveraged for greater investment potential. This lead to not only higher inflation but also due to the fear of a housing market crash, it lead to serious investigation and the eventual creation of the superannuation scheme.
Home owners and investors seeking to maintain and increase the value of their Asset’s required more bang for their buck from their local councils.
Local councils were facing a situation Australia wide. Due to increasing $$$ being spent on stamp-duty, that members of the public were questioning the validity of councils and their need.
Councils had to prove their relevance and the late 1970’s and early 1980’s saw a massive partnership between Local non government organizations such as the Red Cross, the RSL, Freemasonry and the like. Councils started taking greater control and having more control in private infrastructure, housing, developments, commercial developments etc.
Councils registered themselves as a Body-corporate under the corporations act to provide greater legal authority under the corporations act. Also to ensure they could implement by-laws legally and enforce fines, etc.
Some Council’s were more pro-active than others. Home owners and Investors started to require greater security and safety, better noise abatements, greater access to public transport. Councils reacted with parking meters, greater investment in commercial establishments and many in social programs.
Whilst not legally a third tier of government under our constitution, Councils have continued to reflect the need from home owners and investors alike to meet the needs of a progressive society.
In Darwin that has been to maintain the lifestyle requirements of our home owners and investors and a return to safety, security, public use and, fiscal responsibility as well as the 3 R’s (Rubbish, rates and, roads.).
Remember if you want to help me help you, please share your voice and vote for Sam4Rishardson this coming 26th of August 2017.
Written and Authorized by Sam Wilks. The views included may not be those of others mentioned in the article but are those of Sam Wilks. If you have other idea’s feel free to comment below. Idea’s and differing opinion is recognition of a free and just democratic society. A Society I am happy to live in. Please however try not to be abusive or discriminative, you may be. But if I feel that your opinion may be harmful or is reported as being harmful, I will delete it.