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The journey of becoming a new councillor has been one of significant learning, along the way having to come to terms with the responsibilities, constraints and opportunities of the position. In this process I have come to realise how easy it is to stand in the public arena and use incomplete information and half-truths to create an impression that something has happened or not happened in a particular way. It is also possible from the public arena to be 'single issue' and only see or address that part of an issue or situation which concerns or interests you personally. Now, 7 months in, we are tasked with the implementation of the Main Street Plan, and the ‘Camphor debate’ has become another example of half-truths and single issues.
This type of approach is a luxury which Councillors do not have - we are elected to consider of the complexities of an issue, to look at it critically from as many perspectives as possible and to make the best decision for the WHOLE community based on the understanding we have developed.