New dawn no drama for hall com­mit­tee

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“It would have to be a bold coun­cil to have some­one else come in and run the hall.

- John Bell

AT least one com­mu­nity hall com­mit­tee feels more com­fort­able with changes to how it will op­er­ate un­der a new pol­icy after meet­ing with Wan­garatta coun­cil of­fi­cers.

El­do­rado Hall com­mit­tee pres­i­dent John Bell raised a num­ber of con­cerns about the re­vised Ap­point­ment to Com­mit­tees of Coun­cil Pol­icy which was adopted at the coun­cil’s monthly pub­lic meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 17, co­in­ci­den­tally held at the El­do­rado Hall.

These in­cluded coun­cil’s ap­par­ent power to dis­miss a hall com­mit­tee with­out the com­mit­tee hav­ing an op­por­tu­nity to state its case, the abil­ity of an in­cor­po­rated body to ap­proach coun­cil to take over the hall and its ad­min­is­tra­tion, and for the com­mit­tees to pay mu­nic­i­pal costs in­clud­ing rates and bin col­lec­tion.

He agreed to meet with Ruth Knee­bone, di­rec­tor cor­po­rate af­fairs, to dis­cuss his com­mit­tee’s con­cerns, which he did last week, and said he was sat­is­fied with the dis­cus- sion that took place.

“It was a good out­come,” Mr Bell said of the meet­ing.

“We came away feel­ing a lot better.

“They re­as­sured us the dis­missal of com­mit­tees was re­lated to re­cent changes to lo­cal gov­ern­ment laws and was part of a stan­dard agree­ment now be­ing used for all such com­mit­tees across the ru­ral city.

“It would have to be a bold coun­cil to have some­one else come in and run the hall.

“We’re lucky, the El­do­rado Hall gets used quite a lot but I imag­ine some of the smaller halls that aren’t used quite as much might be in a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion.”

Mr Bell said his com­mit­tee was also con­cerned about the ap­par­ent in­crease in re­port­ing that com­mit­tees would be re­quired to do but was again as- sured that al­lowances would be made.

“From our point of view it seems they (coun­cil) are not go­ing to push things too hard,” he said.

Ms Knee­bone said coun­cil was re­quired to re­view the in­stru­ments of del­e­ga­tion which gov­ern hall com­mit­tees of man­age­ment within 12 months of a gen­eral elec­tion and they had sub­se­quently been up­dated.

“We met with mem­bers of the El­do­rado Hall com­mit­tee to dis­cuss ques­tions about how the up­dated del­e­ga­tions would work as there have been changes in the word­ing,” she said.

“We were able to an­swer most of the ques­tions and put them at ease; it turned out to be a fruit­ful dis­cus­sion.

“Ul­ti­mately spe­cial com­mit­tees are there to en­cour­age com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion and strengthen the sense of com­mu­nity.

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AT EASE: El­do­rado Hall com­mit­tee pres­i­dent John Bell, pic­tured with com­mit­tee mem­ber An­gela Brau­men at the hall, is con­fi­dent changes to coun­cil reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing the man­age­ment of lo­cal com­mu­nity halls will not ad­versely im­pact his com­mit­tee’s role. PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier

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