Art Sims: Transparency, accountability and common sense

Candidates say
6 October 2017

“I want to break my expectations into THREE basic requirements that have to come from Council as we move forward: Transparency, accountability and common sense,” writes Art Sims.


On 3 October 2017, Geelong Chamber of Commerce organised a Candidate Forum at Rydges Geelong where each candidate was given 90 seconds to present his or her response to a number of questions and also summarise their policies and priorities. In this ‘Not in 90 seconds’ series we present notes and draft speeches that candidates had prepared but weren’t able to express within the timespan of 1:30 minutes.


Art Sims, candidate for Bellarine Ward

I want to break my expectations into THREE basic requirements that have to come from Council as we move forward:
TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY, COMMON SENSE.

Our council and our wonderful CoGG is falling behind and if we do not stem the bleeding: we may find ourselves in a major black hole very quickly.

We have just spent a huge amount of time and money on the “Clever & Creative” concept initiative: 16,000 people involved in 162 workshops – possibly the biggest “talkfest” in Geelong’s history! Where does it take us from here? I wish I knew… From my perspective (and I am only just a rate-payer right now!), let’s start with a truly effective, comprehensive three-year plan.

We need to understand and get an accurate perspective on the council budget – people are asking where their rates are going…?
As a council, we have to start creating POSITIVE, MEANINGFUL, STRATEGIC objectives, and with them deadlines for action.

I believe everyone will agree that there is a lot of work to do – we are going to need the right people in the right jobs!

I would only ask everyone to vote responsibly, and let’s get a single-minded hard-working council on the job!

Vote 1 for a better council


Art Sims speaking at the Geelong Chamber of Commerce event. Photo: GCoC

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