Hockley, Karen

Mrs Karen Hockley

Position Elected Member Craigburn Ward
Ward Craigburn Ward
Suburbs Craigburn Ward encompasses the suburbs of Craigburn Farm, Eden Hills, Bellevue Heights and parts of Blackwood, Coromandel Valley and Belair.
Address PO Box 21
Mitcham Shopping Centre
Contact Details Mobile: 0423 919 080
Fax: 8372 8101
Email: khockley@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au
Term Dates From 14/11/2014

December 2017

As I write, we’re coming to the end of a couple of important debates in the community.  A number of Victorian councils have been stripped of their power to conduct citizenship ceremonies having taken a decision not to conduct them on Australia Day.  Here in Mitcham we’ve debated whether our local Aboriginal community should have a role in our Australia Day commemorations. And, of course, the nationwide survey about marriage equality is nearing its end. During this time various politicians have said that councils should ‘stick to their knitting’ and ‘get back to basics’. 

It begs the question, what role does council play in our lives and does it have a role in broader social and economic policy debates? 

Councils are the arm of government that affects our everyday lives in the most tangible ways. From collecting the rubbish and fixing pot holes to encouraging responsible pet ownership and providing community programs and events. 

Councillors are the most accessible of our elected representatives because they don’t have staff to answer the phone or prepare a response to an email inquiry. Regardless of their membership of any political party or other association, councillors act as independents. The Act requires this and prohibits councillors from colluding or determining a position on an item before it’s debated at a council meeting. This means that there’s no room to hide behind a party platform and each issue must be decided on its merits. 

This puts Councillors in a unique position of having a deep understanding of the issues that resonate in the community. The Local Government Act recognises this and says that it’s important for councils and councillors to be responsive to the needs, interests and aspirations of individuals and groups within the community. There is no reference in the Act that limits councils activities to their ‘knitting’ ie roads, rates and rubbish. In fact there is no limit at all on the types of issues that can come within the influence of councils. It’s my view that councils and councillors have a responsibility to participate in broader social and economic debates to advance the interests, needs and aspirations of the communities we represent. 

I have a limited time on council to do as much as I can.  I will always support community driven initiatives and advocate on behalf of the community while I’m in a position to do it. There is no guarantee that I will be given another opportunity to make a difference. 

I listen intently to the community and I love it when you send me emails or talk to me on Facebook. I advocate on issues that affect you, such as seeking additional free green waste days after the big storm events and initiating the Public Art policy. 

Please keep calling me, my number is 0423 919 080 and my email is khockley@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au. I’d love to hear from you. 

This is my last article this year and I would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Christmas.

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