Letters to Redlands2030 this week are about election sign vandalism and an opinion about a recent opinion piece by newspaper columnist Des Houghton.
Having lived in Capalaba for the past 30 years, I have become aware lately while driving around in the local area this past week, of seeing numerous signs of our incumbent mayor Karen Williams, but none of mayoral hopeful Greg Underwood, a former General Manager of Redland Shire Council.
On making inquiries, I was informed that signs erected in the Ney/School Road area adjacent to Mt Cotton Road, Capalaba, disappeared overnight. I was also informed by an Ormiston resident that signage on her property has been tampered with, found lying on the ground, finally having been damaged to the extent to where the sign is unusable.
We know politics is a dirty business, but isn’t this going too far? All those who wish to take on – having seen harm done in communities across the Redlands – the difficult task of representing their local communities to the best of their ability, should be allowed to do so, with signage left in place.
Aren’t we Aussies the people who are willing to give everyone ‘a fair go’? Please consider this before destroying/discarding any further signs of those considered as being unwelcome in the new council.
Amy E Glade
Des Houghton’s credibility
How disappointing that the popular journalist Des Houghton chose to sacrifice his credibility by writing such a biased and ill-informed opinion piece (Courier Mail Sat, 13 Feb) about the current Mayor, Karen Williams.
As a Redland resident with an active interest in Council’s people, politics and performance, I was frustrated by the inaccurate comments including commending the contentious development approvals granted by the power block of six councillors whom she leads.
Certainly malicious personal slurs are unacceptable, and so is the worsening intimidation being experienced by some other electoral candidates and their supporters. Using the widely read Courier Mail column to seek the sympathy vote as a victim suggests that the Mayor certainly is feeling the heat from an electorate stewing about community views being ignored.
This is evident in the contents of our draft City Plan and in the apparently unstoppable deluge of inappropriate developments.
Yes, things are warming up in the Redlands and the Houghton article demonstrates that the claims and promises are getting ever more ridiculous as the election looms closer.
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