Editorial - October 22: Writing is on the wall for councils

THE writing seems to be on the wall for local government, with Federal cuts now severely impacting on the ability of councils to deliver for their communities.

It would also seem railing against amalgamation will achieve little, and conversations should now begin about the best ways for councils to merge to better meet the service and infrastructure needs of ratepayers.

The question for us here is whether we lead the debate about forsaking old boundaries, or whether we wait to be dragged into the future.

Farewell Gough

THE passing of Gough Whitlam brought the memories flooding back yesterday

Back in 1975 I emerged from a HSC Ancient History exam at Jetty High to be told Australia's history had been rewritten with his sacking

I also recall my grandfather being so incensed he vowed to never vote again.

Sadly, but poetically, he died on the banks of the Kalang River the day before the election that installed Malcolm Fraser to the Prime Ministership.

An iconic figure and true statesman, Gough will be missed by many, not the least me, for a myriad of significant reasons.

Graeme Singleton,

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