The prospective election of self-righteous hypocrite of sanctimony Stephen Mayne to the Manningham council might be considered bad enough punishment for many in the leafy Doncaster-Templestowe region.
But a VEXNEWS investigation has uncovered a council of carnage out east.
One incumbent councillor running for re-election Grace La Vella excelled herself by throwing a glass of red wine at one of her colleagues, Warren Welsh.
Welsh told the local press he was concerned about being attacked again “I might consider wearing a raincoat next time” he said.
La Vella – to be fair – doesn’t just get drunk when the ratepayers are supplying the grog. Critics say she’s been thrown out of the Templestowe Hotel before for having a few too many which prompted a campaign against the pub.
Several councillors are so old that they attempt to keep their age a secret from voters and are believed to have submitted photographs for publication in an information pack for voters that are as much as fifteen years old. This contravenes Electoral Commission requirements that the photograph be “recent”.
The officers of the council are a law unto themselves, who exploit the old age and gullibility of several councillors to get their own way.
Critics point to the council’s ailing, poorly timed and mismanaged Doncaster Hill project and to traffic problems around the Westfield shopping centre as examples of the council’s failed leadership. One claims the council officers act in a bullying manner toward councillors, calculated to limit information they receive to make them more likely to follow the “advice” they receive.
“The CEO is a social worker, even the director of finance is one too,” a council insider told us.
“A local laws officer is a semi-retired pimp.”
Another explained the council officers had scrapped local Australia Day celebrations out of concern that celebrating the national day “wasn’t inclusive enough” and disrespected Aborigines.