Last night’s GERA’s forum was illuminating for several reasons:

  • The anger of residents was palpable
  • The impotence and unwillingness of the four councillors (Lobo, Okotel, Hyams and Magee) to commit to any possibility of change was damning
  • The most outrageous comments by these councillors included:
  1. The zones were a ‘neutral translation’ based on data dating back to 1996
  2. The minister would only make things worse if council attempted to amend anything
  3. Residents should ‘advocate’ to councillors about their concerns (never mind that 150+ people were already expressing their views directly!)

We’ve uploaded the audio of the Q and A session and ask that you listen carefully to the ‘answers’ provided by councillors.

PS: BAYSIDE CITY COUNCIL THROWS OUT ITS RESIDENTIAL GROWTH ZONES. WATCH THE SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING AND RESIDENTS ADDRESSING COUNCIL AT – http://stream.bayside.vic.gov.au/archive/video14-1118-1.php#placeholder

Also refreshing to hear councillors apologising to their community for inadequate consultation. Pity it doesn’t happen from too many councillors in Glen Eira!