New groups for in­put, some close

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

FIVE strate­gic com­mu­nity ref­er­ence groups will be es­tab­lished by Ip­swich City Coun­cil to im­prove com­mu­nity in­put into de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

Ad­min­is­tra­tor Greg Chemello en­dorsed a new frame­work for com­mu­nity ref­er­ence groups to be es­tab­lished to align with new stand­ing com­mit­tees. The groups will in­clude eco­nomic devel­op­ment, to in­clude dis­cus­sion re­lat­ing to the CBD, com­mu­ni­ties, growth and in­fra­struc­ture, en­vi­ron­ment and gov­er­nance.

This struc­ture will then be sup­ple­mented by a sec­ond tier of en­gage­ment with com­mu­nity and busi­ness groups.

Mr Chemello said the coun­cil had made a tough de­ci­sion to dis­solve some of the long­stand­ing ref­er­ence groups.

“While some of our longer stand­ing ref­er­ence groups ev­i­dence real com­mu­nity strength at a lo­cal level, over the years, they’ve be­come less ef­fec­tive, per­haps not pro­vid­ing the com­mu­nity with as much in­put,” he said.

“It is im­por­tant that we re­cal­i­brate our com­mu­nity en­gage­ment with coun­cil through this pe­riod of ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The City Coun­try Ref­er­ence Group, Le­ich­hardt One Mile Com­mu­nity Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee, Rose­wood Wal­loon Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee, and the Se­niors Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee will be dis­solved.

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