Ratepayer meetings are lonely
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.
SUPPORT: Childers Residents and Ratepayers Association president John Van Barneveldt.