Work and civic duties precluded me from attending the recent Local Government Conference (except for the weekend) where there were some important issues effecting residents, ratepayers and local government in general were discussed. However, a lot of other topics, which I consider irrelevant to local government, were also on the agenda. In our Council’s view collecting the garbage, keeping the streets clean and attractive, improving parks and playgrounds, protecting local environment and ensuring proper planning policies are far more important than uninformed opinions on international affairs, social engineering and interference in state and national issues and policies. While we are all entitled to express our individual views on any number of issues, local government should look after local people and issues. We are “local” if nothing.