Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A most satisfying experience!

I had a very satisfactory experience yesterday afternoon. One of our esteemed Nillumbik Councillors came door knocking to solicit votes for the next council elections. Well, did I give him an earful!!!
He started off telling me that Nillumbik was the most livable place, and that got me going! I got on to him about the vandalism around the Shire and couldn't believe my ears when he said "Where? It's not that bad". I said "Didn't you see my letter in the local paper?" and he obviously had read it because he immediately asked "Was that you?!" He started to tell me how much money they spent on trying to fix the problem, and I interrupted by saying "it's not money that's needed - you should be sending a team of people out EVERY DAY to clean up every bit of graffitti as soon as it is done. Other councils do it, why can't you?"

Then I really laid into him about the council's blatant disregard for the wellbeing of our senior citizens and he tried to cover his tracks with all sorts of excuses about how they had advice from specialist consultants to change care providers, and as you can imagine, I saw red. I said "But you didn't ask the clients or the carers. They are the experts, not some consultant". Then he admitted that the council knows now that it made the wrong decision and they are severely embarrassed. I said "I haven't seen a public apology anywhere!"

Well he went away with a flea in his ear, I can tell you. Ken had been out somewhere and came up the driveway just as the councillor was walking off, and he said "Who was that bloke with the sour look on his face?" When I told him, he said "Good on you - I wish I'd been here. I would have put my two bob's worth in!".

Anyway, that was it. Nothing will come of it, but it gave me such satisfaction to say what I thought!!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on you Gina! Bravo!
I had the same opportunity a while ago and did exactly the same thing you did. Not that it did any good.

I took your advice and went to see 'Journey to the centre of the Earth' for Christopher's birthday.. and it was fabulous!
Thank you for the recommendation.
Cheers xox Nicole

Sunday, 12 October, 2008  
Blogger Kangadrew said...

Excellent work Gina - have you considered running for council? Perhaps you could give our esteemed door knocker a run for their money... The council needs people like you.


Sunday, 12 October, 2008  
Blogger Isabelle said...

I think I feel just a little sorry for that chap...

Monday, 13 October, 2008  
Blogger Merle said...

G'Day Gina ~~ Well, you sure told him. He probably wasn't the only one to let you down, but he did come knocking.
Have you thought of running for council yourself as Andrew suggested. You would be a big help there and have a voice.
Thank you for your comments about the Phone story and the jokes the other day.I have pics on of my doggy friends and a few Pelargoniums on now. Take care, my friend, Sorry the little bird died. Ken sounds like a lovely caring man. Cheers, Love, Merle.

Monday, 13 October, 2008  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Thank you all for your comments on this post. Nicole - glad you enjoyed the movie!
Andrew - I've emailed you direct.
Isabelle - you are not the first person to feel sorry for someone who has had a tonguelashing from me! But believe me, if you knew what elderly people in this Shire have been through in the past 12 months, you would understand why I am so angry on their behalf.
Merle - I stood for Council once, and was verbally abused so viciously by the Labor candidates, I will never put myself through that again.

Tuesday, 14 October, 2008  
Blogger Alice said...

Way to go, Gina!. It must have felt great to hear him admit that they were wrong. You are a true advocate for the eldery in every way.

Wednesday, 15 October, 2008  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Good on you Gina giving him an earful, I bet he left with his tale between his legs, I only hope others gave him a mouthful also .

Saturday, 18 October, 2008  

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