It also helps us look past the spin. One thing I often see from the Council and certainly by councillors come election time is how quickly they take credit as individuals for something voted on by all of the councillors. In the great majority of cases the things voters like most – such as new parks, the good financial management of Council affairs and donations to arts and sporting groups – were supported unanimously.
It is worth noting that in terms of the financial affairs of the Council, these are almost entirely the responsibility of Council officers, not councillors. So, if a councillor starts talking about how good they or their party are with Council finances, take it with a grain of salt. Council officers often make those decisions, councillors just vote to support them. In almost every case, financial items pass through unanimously with little comment. The one exception was back in 2016, when the ALP councillors and Eva Campbell questioned the amount of money set aside for the new netball courts and Macaria Art Gallery, saying it was too little. A few months later an additional $1.2m had to be found.