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It’s time to get Party Politics out of Blue Mountains City Council.

Rob Thompson Rosa Del Ponte Peter Daley

Rob Thompson, Rosa Del Ponte and Peter Daley are your candidates for the Ward 2 Blue Mountains City Council elections on September 10th 2016.

The waste at BMCC has been legendary for years. Things must change. It is time for REFORM and EFFICIENCY gains.

BMCC has 12 Councillors but only 2 voices…The majority Labor and the rest Liberal.

The major parties have treated us with contempt. They answer to the party head offices in Sydney who treat our Council as a school for trainee career politicians.

We need Independent Councillors who represent locals with genuine local concerns…. not party hacks who do whatever the party tells them to do.

We need REFORM not more rates increases that will just fuel more administrative waste and inefficiencies.

We can do better.

Rob ThompsonRob grew up in Blaxland, has lived in Wentworth Falls and now resides in Lawson. He is a light aircraft engineer as well as being a video producer and cameraman. As a hobby he is a club flying instructor in gliders at Camden.
Rob’s “let’s do it” approach is seen in his countless hours of community volunteering. He established the Blue Mountains Computer Rescue program that refurbishes and distributes free computers to people in need.

rosa-cut-outRosa Del Ponte lives in Lawson. She founded and runs the Blue Mountains’ Food Rescue and Soul Kitchen. Her not for profit organisation operates with around 40 volunteers. Every year they divert over 20 tonnes of donated surplus food from landfill and transform it into more than 6000 free meals and food parcels for the disadvantaged. Rosa turned her back on a successful corporate career as an events manager. She believes that “Our Council needs to work harder to unite our community and create a better society.” The Soul Kitchen website is www.earthrecovery.org

Peter DaleyPeter Daley lives in Woodford with his family of four. He has extensive experience as a chef so he understands one of the Mountains’ main employers, the hospitality industry. He is currently a support worker for people with disabilities. His jobs have required passion, compassion and commitment. All have required a sleeves rolled up approach. Peter wants our local people’s voices to be heardwww. This comes from years of disappointment with the political parties who control our Council and play party politics at the expense of our community. He says “I want to help bring back integrity, honesty and respect back into our council.

Rob, Rosa and Peter want Council to be more lean and focused on services to the community. They say “BMCC spends a whopping 23% of its budget on “Administration”. Here’s how much some other better performing fringe metropolitan Councils spend…. Gosford 5%, Hills 5%, Wyong 2%.

They are already well prepared in studying Council related papers. They observe that “BMCC is selling our real estate assets to pay off debt which is currently at $46.8 million. They have been slashing maintenance and services and now phasing in a 40% rates increase in order to meet the NSW Government’s “Fit for the Future” financial accounting standards. All this whilst giving the already highly paid and bloated senior management big pay rises.”
They believe that slashing maintenance and services is not a sustainable solution. “We need to achieve real and lasting structural reform and efficiency gains. BMCC’s 2015/2016 financial year loss stands at $10.1 million so despite all the promises, their strategy is obviously not working”.

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  1. First hit on my Google search for “Blue Mountains local council candidates” that wasn’t the Greens.
    Thank you for actually standing for issues that have relevance to my life.

  2. Rosa, your community work is outstanding and this itself wins my vote. Whilst a lot of people talk community, you have put your heart and soul into it. It is good that all of your team share your concern for the Community and all have worked at the Soul Kitchen to support those doing it tough. Good on you all. I hope you all get in

  3. Good on you Rob & team. I agree with most of your comments, when you make the Gazette letters page and I have been a big fan of your web site for a long time.
    I have had personal experience dealing with this incompetent bunch of councilors.
    While there are many hard working intelligent council workers, things go off the rails when councilors get involved (for their own agenda), particularly when they go against council officer recommendation and usually against common sense.
    My only concern is you need 11 running mates, to make a competent functional council. We have seen last time 3 bad apples from the previous council was enough to produce another lousy mob, who have convinced themselves but nobody else that they are “Fit For The Future” when they are drowning in debt and prepared to lie to the rate payers, just how bad they are mismanaging our council.
    Yes, let’s keep the political parties out (Labor; Liberals & Greens) and have our rates money spent on Local Government issues (foot paths; parks; waste management; etc.), not trying to solve the problems of the world (our taxes can do that). The politician training ground thing is so over rated, where we have seen the level of incompetence rewarded with a guaranteed MLC seat in State Parliament.
    So again, good luck to Rob, Rosa & Peter. We need you on OUR council.

  4. This is good. All this should be on the front page of the Gazette.
    BM ratepayers don’t know 10% of how badly this council is run.

  5. Very exciting to think someone who cares and has the community interests at heart could make some much needed change. All my hopes with you for November.

  6. Appreciating the dedication you put into your website and depth information you present.
    It’s awesome to come across a candidate who isn’t dishing out the same unwanted rehashed information. Good read!

  7. It is time for a change. it is time to bring in more independents who are not associated with party machinery and who are willing to speak out and to take care of the people, especially those less fortunate who need support. I like what you say. After looking at all the candidates, you are probably the most impressive

  8. Wow. Someone actually addressing the issues. When i looked at the Liberal candidates policy paper from the Council website, it was totally blank. I agree with you on so many issues, particularly the dog off leash rules. One to add in terms of Council’s arrogance, laziness and ineptitude was the joke of community consultation on the LEP. We sat through a four hour meeting where every submission or speech was greeted with the same refusal and rote response. They were just going through the motions and were more interested in patting each on the back for an hour than in really listening to the community’s needs. The Blue Mountains needs more affordable housing and support for small business yet Council refuses to countenance any rezoning – unless the Council itself stands to make a buck. Witness the rapid decision to develop escarpment land at Blackheath, into a housing “estate” despite major protest from the community and with no consultation of community. Keep asking these questions, someone should.

  9. It’s better to sell your ambition than your soul. The Political Parties in Australia have lost the plot.
    Send a rocket up ’em Rob

  10. Amazing things here. I’m very glad to see this discussion happening. Thanks a lot and i’m looking forward to you winning. Will you please drop me a e-mail to discuss some matters?

    1. Macca, I am certainly far from being a saint. Things ARE this bad and where ever possible I make all the documentation to support my claims available to download. Maybe I am a loony taking something like this on. Rob

    2. Definitely a loony; ask him how he got all the addresses of people who’ve never wanted to be on his mailing list, many of whom consider Rob as shady as a pine forest. Hhhm – what was the story with the privacy breach regarding the old Katoomba Library

      1. You are very welcome to phone me on 0429 493 828 and I will happily answer any questions. Anyone on my mailing list can “unsubscribe”. Feel free to publicly describe how I am “shady”- no need to do it anonymously. No idea what you are referring to about the old Katoomba Library.

  11. What an astounding litany of ineptitude, waste of ratepayer taxes and abysmal failure to plan for the future! If this appalling situation was ever going to get any better under current management then it would well and truly have done so by now. Great to to see someone with a long term passion for the area and for its community who is willing to tackle these issues head on. I am certain of widespread support for you Rob. The time has come!

  12. Well done Rob, you have put an amazing amount of work into this site and the local issues. I have never seen any election candidate do so much. Normally we just get dumb slogans that mean nothing.

  13. BMCC has been in serious financial decline for 10 years. Only now that they are in deep financial trouble they even start thinking about the problem with that ridiculous community survey.

  14. Politicians – Do what you are told, don’t make waves, then finish up with one of the plum jobs for the boys. Seen that happen with a few ex councillors and politicians. nudge nudge wink wink say no more.

  15. I can’t believe this. Weve never seen anyone this passionate and with so much information. A Councillor who actually cares about us now that would be a change.

    1. Our condolences Rob on a extremely great effort on your 1st Councillor Campaign. This By-Election result signifies that change is around the corner. 2258 residents have got the truth of the state of affairs, thanks to Rob Thompson. And with only 66% only getting up to vote, we can only pray that with more time to raise more awareness & promotion for Rob’s policies & views, he should romp it in come next election. That is if he does proceed with the already “Great Work” he has shown us to be commented to. Rob has already laid the platform. It is now up to us, the ones who supported Rob with our vote to continue to spread this Great Work he has started & go forward with him. Thanks again Rob for standing up. Peter D.

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