‘The City of Sydney’s decision to pay for marketing material and the organisation of a public meeting about the rumoured sporting stadium development at Moore Park Sydney must be inclusive of all sides of the debate’, Councillor Vithoulkas said at Monday night’s Council meeting.
While stating that a public meeting and marketing material may prove worthwhile in letting people know what’s planned, Councillor Vithoulkas did not support the Lord Mayor’s proposal because of fears that the funding would be used for a one-sided scare campaign rather than promoting a public meeting that would facilitate meaningful discussion and information sharing.
‘The State Government is yet to make a formal announcement so I would hope that any public meeting is held when we know what is actually happening and that all parties are able to put forward their views, including residents, business owners, local and state Government, sporting organisations, etc.
As a small business owner impacted by light rail construction I am only too aware that there is a tendency for both local and state government to hold back information that might be vital to enabling people to make an informed decision.
I’m sure there are a lot of passionate people in the community, but that doesn’t mean that those with opposing views should be intimidated about coming forward with their opinions, after all isn’t that what the true spirit of a public meeting is all about. This doesn’t need to become another local versus state Government blame game because people are over it’, Councillor Vithoulkas said.
Angela Vithoulkas: 0413 611 334
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