Ratepayer meet­ings are lonely

Isis Town and Country - - News -

FOR the past six-months Isis District Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (IDRRA) have be­come very con­cerned about the low at­ten­dance at meet­ings.

A spokesper­son for the IDRRA said it re­ally isn’t vi­able for the as­so­ci­a­tion to carry on with only four or five mem­bers at each meet­ing.

“It re­flects a lack of ac­tive in­volve­ment by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, in the is­sues that IDRRA deals with.”

This means, ac­tion by the as­so­ci­a­tion may not re­flect the con­cerns of the com­mu­nity and this is cer­tainly an ar­gu­ment which can be made by those to whom IDRRA is lob­by­ing.

At the same time, a great deal of the work of the as­so­ci­a­tion is thrown on to the few ac­tive mem­bers.

The next AGM is set of July 12, at 6.30pm at the Isis Club.

Any­body who pays rates can join IDRRA and the mem­ber­ship fees are low.

Look­ing back over the past three years, it is un­de­ni­able the IDRRA plays a im­por­tant role in the Isis.

“We are a com­mu­nity voice which is heard by the coun­cil and this has re­sulted in a num­ber of wins for the com­mu­nity,” the spokesper­son said.

Pre­vi­ous Di­vi­sion 2 Cr Tony Ric­cia­rdi and present Di­vi­sion 2 Cr Bill Trevor have at­tended as­so­ci­a­tion meet­ings reg­u­larly.

This has given those at the meet­ing an op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions, ex­press con­cerns and hear re­sponses from the coun­cil­lors.

This level of in­ter­ac­tion makes the as­so­ci­a­tion’s deal­ings with the coun­cil eas­ier and the coun­cil­lors’ in­volve­ment is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

The as­so­ci­a­tion part­nered with the Cham­ber of Com­merce to put on a fo­rum at which nom­i­nees for coun­cil elec­tions out­lined their vi­sion for the BRC.

The IDRRA hope to see a good turnout at the next meet­ing.

“We are al­ways happy to lis­ten to peo­ple at meet­ings, whether they are mem­bers or not,” the IDRRA said.

The ratepay­ers as­so­ci­a­tion need com­mu­nity sup­port to con­tinue.

The as­so­ci­a­tion was in­stru­men­tal in the fight for a hy­drother­apy pool in Childers with gen­er­ous sup­port from Mem­ber for Hin­kler, Keith Pitt.

PHOTO: SI­MON YOUNG BUN240114CHL9

SUP­PORT: Childers Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent John Van Barn­eveldt.

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