The end of an era for the IDRRA mem­bers

Isis Town and Country - - News -

AN EARLY morn­ing email de­liv­ered by John Van Barn­eveld read, “At the last IDRRA meet­ing (the AGM) we again had only a few mem­bers at­tend”.

“Given that and the on­go­ing fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion, re­ly­ing on do­na­tions from ser­vice clubs to pay our in­sur­ance ev­ery year, it was de­cided that we could not con­tinue op­er­at­ing as a vi­able or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“There­fore we re­gret­fully de­cided to wind up the as­so­ci­a­tion.”

In a phone call to Mr Van Barn­eveld, you could hear the dis­ap­point­ment in his voice.

For many mem­bers jug­gling work, fam­ily, busi­ness and pre­fer­ring not to drive at night, the meet­ing’s at­ten­dance recorded sig­nif­i­cant lows.

Mr Van Barn­eveld said for what­ever the rea­son, they can no longer op­er­ate.

“It was a long time com­ing, as the as­so­ci­a­tion had been strug­gling for mem­bers and sup­port for some time and we were hop­ing with the new coun­cil more res­i­dents would sup­port the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said.

“We formed three years ago and in that time have achieved many great things.

“We worked with coun­cil to get things done.”

Mr Van Barn­eveld said it was the hardest de­ci­sion the com­mit­tee had to make.

“It is dev­as­tat­ing hav­ing to in­form our mem­bers of the de­ci­sion to wind up the as­so­ci­a­tion.”

PHOTO: SI­MON YOUNG

ALL OVER: John Van Barn­eveld.

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