The end of an era for the IDRRA members
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.”
ALL OVER: John Van Barneveld.