Hat tip Smoking Lamp for this story. (A CBD is a Central Business District for those who don’t know, which includes me).
A Sydney council hopes to establish what is possibly the nation’s first smoke-free CBD in a capital city.
North Sydney councillors this week unanimously passed a motion to ban smoking in every public place in what is Sydney’s second largest CBD.
Mayor Jilly Gibson hopes to eventually go even further by extending the ban across the entire municipality.
She said the latest move wasn’t about punishing smokers but about improving the amenity of the area for residents, workers, visitors and school children.
“It just seems like the right time,” Cr Gibson told AAP on Tuesday.
“Why not try these big ideas?
“Even if we reduce people’s smoking in the CBD by, let’s say, 50 per cent, that would be a huge result.”
She said the world had come a long way since her school days when one of her teachers chain-smoked his way through class.
Did they have such a smoking ban in their manifesto before they got elected? It doesn’t sound like it. It sounds more like this “big idea” was something she’d come up with one morning, and immediately thought that “It just seems like the right time.” Probably all of 5 minutes. And then phoned up a few of her fellow councillors, and they all said, “Great idea!” And unanimously passed a motion to ban smoking in every public place in one of Sydney’s business districts.
It reminds me of Peter Koo. When did these people stop being public servants, and start becoming petty tyrants?
Perhaps it’s simply that they see themselves as having been elected to do whatever they like. And if they want to, say, paint the town red, they’re perfectly entitled to do it.
While looking for a photo of Jilly Gibson which didn’t show her with an inane fixed smile on her face, I came across a story about her from 2014:
NORTH SYDNEY Mayor Jilly Gibson has been suspended from driving the mayoral car after she was accused of abandoning it behind a business in Crows Nest.
The council-owned car allegedly blocked access to Cutty Cellars bottle shop from the rear and was left there for four days earlier this month over a weekend.
Somehow or other this seems to fit the pattern. She thinks she’s entitled, as mayor, to leave her car anywhere she damn well likes.
Another story from 2014:
North Sydney councillors to be schooled in behavioural standards
North Sydney Council has moved to make annual code of conduct training compulsory for elected officials after it called in outside experts to help resolve conflicts between councillors.
In a closed session of council last Monday night, at which the Mayor Jilly Gibson was excluded because she refused to sign a confidentiality agreement, it was resolved to force all councillors to undertake training.
The State Government last year introduced a new model code of conduct which aims to improve the standards of behaviour of local government representatives and staff.
The code states that councillors must act lawfully and honestly, treat others with respect and not harass or discriminate against each other.
It also states their behaviour must not bring council into disrepute.
Sanctions for councillors who do not meet the standards include further training or counselling, forced apologies and suspensions for up to three months.
They all sound like spoiled brat children who’ve always got their way, and who have now been elected (presumably by other spoiled brat children in Sydney) to high office, and they are there continuing to act just like the spoiled brats they are.
More about her from linkedin:
North Sydney Council
September 2012 – Present 6 years 1 month
Mayor – Popularly Elected
North Sydney Youth Orchestra
2013 – Present 5 years
North Sydney Symphony Orchestra
2012 – Present 6 years
Cantorian Welsh Choir
March 2016 – March 2017 1 year 1 month
Mcmahons Point, New South Wales, Australia
Councillor – Victoria Ward
North Sydney Council
March 1999 – September 2012 13 years 7 months
North Sydney Council
Elected Councillor at North Sydney Council, third term
1994 – 1995 1 year
Food School East Sydney College
1989 – 1992 3 years