Round­table event is great for some straight shoot­ing

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

CITY of Greater Bendigo Mayor Mar­garet O’Rourke (pic­tured) said that the round­table ses­sion held in Heath­cote last Wed­nes­day was proof it is an ef­fec­tive way to en­gage with res­i­dents.

More than 70 peo­ple at­tended the round­table at Heath­cote’s Bar­rack Re­serve, giv­ing lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als an op­por­tu­nity to meet with Ep­palock Ward Coun­cil­lors Ge­orge Flack, Mar­garet O’Rourke and Yvonne Wrig­glesworth.

“The round­table was all about con­ver­sa­tions,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“It was a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity for com­mu­nity mem­bers to con­nect with the coun­cil and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lo­cal groups in at­ten­dance to share in­for­ma­tion and learn from one an­other,’’ she said.

“It was also a good op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate what’s great about Heath­cote and for us to find out how the com­mu­nity would like to en­gage with ward coun­cil­lors in the fu­ture and for com­mu­nity mem­bers to con­sider how we can all help en­sure that Heath­cote con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength.

“It was a very suc­cess­ful evening and a great way for coun­cil­lors to con­nect with mem­bers of the Heath­cote com­mu­nity.

“There were 18 lo­cal com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved on the night who show­cased their or­gan­i­sa­tion and what it does to both the coun­cil­lors and also to ev­ery­one else who was present.

‘‘It was a won­der­ful way to con­nect with what is hap­pen­ing in the Heath­cote district.

“Heath­cote’s open spa­ces, nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, rich min­ing his­tory and its live­abil­ity were just some of the things that those present told us were great about Heath­cote and its sur­rounds.”

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