Posted by Whistler 400 words
Image – The Geelong Advertiser, 2 April 2016.
There have been a number of humorous posts in the life of Local Government Utopia. And sometimes you do just have to laugh. Humour is often used in a uniquely Australian way to make a point. Often the point is quite serious, a I think it usually is in the case of local government.
For example, whilst the Mayor of Geelong, Darryn Lyons (aka ‘Daz’), parades as a figure of fun, the Council he leads is far from funny. If media reports are accurate, it is about to be sacked for bullying, poor leadership, and a general lack of competence. You could be forgiven for thinking that it was a mistimed April Fools’ day joke. Many of his constituents think he is marvellous. Some find this surprising but I think it goes to a fundamental and unfortunate truth about how local government is viewed by many in the community
A colleague related a story to me about the Mayor of Geelong. Continue reading