Stephen has no community base and as such is accountable to no one. He is a faction of one. Whilst he seeks to form an alliance with the administration and is reported as not returning members of the local community and City traders phone calls. he is also oblivious to the fact that City of Melbourne Councillors receive substantially more money for their time (over $1,000 a week plus bonus payments, lurkes and lerks and other benefits) much more than in available in other municipalities. Mayne is also oblivious of the provisions of Section 89 of the Local Government Act.
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Mind you the meetings do not really contribute much to the public discourse, but they do provide a forum for some Councillors to hear their own voice and practice public speaking in a closed forum in what is a bonus to the hoards of paid staff who are on the public payroll to attend the talk fests. There were more staff then public in attendance, costing ratepayers a pretty penny in overtime or time-off in exchange. It's always good to see Councillor support staff, such as Jack, in attendance. Jack, alias the "Governance Elf", has been a valuable source of leaked information and gossip about what goes on behind the scenes.
Our award again goes to Crs Watts and Louey who withheld the need to listen to their own voice and who just voted on the issues before them without debate. This is efficiency at its best. Stephen Mayne and other Councillors should learn from them. The December 11 meeting was over within 90 minutes.