On July 3rd 2013, Hyams uttered these incredible words in regard to the Alma Club development application – council’s role is not to necessarily represent the people’. Perhaps Hyams needs to revisit the Local Government Act, where part of its objectives for local councils is the injunction to actas a representative government!’ Not for the first time was the gallery assailed with the double-speak of ‘quasi-judicial’ functions and ‘planning law’ and the inference that all planning decisions and processes are therefore objective and strictly ‘neutral’. Council’s published ‘information’ on planning objections enshrines this notion of ‘impartiality’ when it states – Planners must act impartially as an assessor of an application.

So, we are left with the conundrum of – who does council really represent? The answer is clear in this screen dump!

UntitledSource: http://pillarandpost.com.au/topics/neighbourhood-character/