Letter | I’ve put my money where my mouth is, Whisperer

WAR OF WORDS: Councillor Jess Jennings says the Advocate's Windradyne Whisperer columnist "has a very poor grasp of what local government is about".
WAR OF WORDS: Councillor Jess Jennings says the Advocate's Windradyne Whisperer columnist "has a very poor grasp of what local government is about".

IN response to the Windradyne Whisperer (“Does the ideas man have an eye on a state election date?”, July 17), it’s funny how biased he really is when he fails to recall that in 2014, I spent about $15,000 of my own money (more than one year’s councillor allowance at the time) investigating a possible “Sister City” relationship within China because it is Australia’s largest economic partner.

Based on this personal financial cost and four years of persistence, I’m glad to say Bathurst Council is now investigating the China option, to deliver direct economic benefits both private and public to grow our local economy in areas such as education, tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and culture, among others.

Can I ask when was the last time the Windradyne Whisperer put his hand in his own pocket for Bathurst or delivered real trade and investment opportunities that grow our local economy?

Based on his always misleading comments, it’s clear the Windradyne Whisperer has a very poor grasp of what local government is about or even what I’m about, given I’ve run my own self-employed small business for close to 20 years. 

He criticises everything based on his political loyalty to the National Party, and always promotes himself over the interests of Bathurst locals, unless it’s taxpayer and ratepayer funded capital investments for motorsport.

But to answer the question, given I’m getting married in September (after it being postponed for five-plus years largely due to politics) and I am writing the history of the Australian grain milling industry for a brand-new, world-first museum in Bathurst, I can safely say the NSW election is not on my radar.

Cr Jess Jennings, The Lagoon