Creating a Functional Council

At the start of this next Council term for 2022 to 2026, I strive to set values and a behavioural code to enshrine the respectful conduct of Councillors.

I share our community's frustration that Council appears to be increasingly dysfunctional. In this last term despite the outward appearance it has been one of the most productive in recent history. But by working together with a variety of people representing the whole community and have a similar vision for Adelaide, we can work quickly to deliver good governance and decision making that actually represents our ratepayers best interests.

I believe in quickly, efficiently and strategically satisfying the greatest needs in our community. Often, it's a three year process to change Council policy, but if we talk early, we can take an entire year out of the timeline to implement new ideas.

It's about getting motions passed - not just talked about.

Putting motions before the Council that have a genuine chance of success, because they've been well-planned and well-presented, is of utmost importance. By gaining the confidence of Council as a whole that there will be a good outcome from the beginning.

Additionally, we should work more strategically with stakeholders early to ensure that advanced budget planning is enacted and be clear when working with community groups to also explain what can and cannot be done immediately.