Don’t miss coun­cil meet­ing

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By De­clan Martin

For­mer Tatura-based Greater Shepparton City coun­cil­lor Kevin ‘Gunna’ Ryan is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to at­tend an or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing at Tatura’s Bal­lan­tyne Cen­tre at 5.30 pm on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 17.

Coun­cil will be trav­el­ling to Tatura for the Oc­to­ber meet­ing, which will be fol­lowed by a free bar­be­cue, to give res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to meet coun­cil­lors and see how the coun­cil meet­ing process works.

‘‘It’s great for coun­cil to come out here and hope­fully res­i­dents who are in­ter­ested in the process will come along and meet coun­cil­lors face-to-face,’’ Mr Ryan said.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple here have never been to a coun­cil meet­ing, it is an eye opener, it’s in­ter­est­ing to see how coun­cil runs; how they op­er­ate and dis­cuss is­sues.

‘‘It’s a good way to speak to your coun­cil­lors and meet them in­di­vid­u­ally, in­tro­duce your­self and if you have a ques­tion or a bee-in­y­our-bon­net you have the whole coun­cil there to lis­ten.

‘‘Peo­ple can take what coun­cil does for granted and are quick to crit­i­cise, but don’t par­tic­i­pate in the process.’’

Mr Ryan said it was ab­so­lutely cru­cial for Greater Shepparton City Coun­cil to visit out­ly­ing towns in the re­gion to in­clude those ratepay­ers in de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

‘‘It’s called the Greater Shepparton City Coun­cil, but that doesn’t mean it has to be ‘Shepp-cen­tric’ you have got to get out to all con­stituents in out­ly­ing ar­eas, we pay our rates jut as ev­ery­one else, we need ev­ery­one to un­der­stand what’s hap­pen­ing,’’ he said.

Tatura’s Rod Schu­bert said he was look­ing for­ward to the­meet­ing and ex­pected there should be a good crowd there.

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