Governance a “real challenge” to Parramatta

Putting future councillors on notice: Sydney Business Chamber western Sydney director David Borger says he saw some appalling decisions made in chamber during his time as a Parramatta councillor.

Putting future councillors on notice: Sydney Business Chamber western Sydney director David Borger says he saw some appalling decisions made in chamber during his time as a Parramatta councillor.

The biggest risk to Parramatta’s future is its governance, according to Sydney Business Chamber western Sydney director David Borger.

The former Parramatta Lord Mayor took a parting shot at former councillors as a guest speaker at Parramatta Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the City address on Friday.

The September 9 local government elections will decide the next group of Parramatta councillors.

The biggest risk to Parramatta’s future is governance,” Mr Borger said.

“I was on the council for 13 years, where I saw some terrible, shocking examples of councillors putting politics before governance. If Parramatta is going to be a great city, we need people on the council with the knowledge and skills and put Parramatta before their own self interests. We need better governance.”

His comments are a timely reminder to the next term of councillors after Nine News released shocking footage on Thursday night of a recent Liberal Party branch meeting which descended into pushing, shoving and threats of violence at Dundas Sports Club.

There is speculation the Dundas branch could be shut down by the Liberal Party tonight.

“The Liberal Party is aware of allegations of unacceptable behaviour at a recent meeting of one of our branches,” Liberal Party of NSW state director Chris Stone said.

“Following an investigation, the party’s State Executive will consider the branch’s future at its meeting today (Friday). The Liberal Party expects a higher standard of conduct from all of our members, in line with community expectations. We do not condone intimidation, harassment or any other unacceptable behaviour.”

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