Ratepay­ers’ group fo­cus on vil­lage

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

We’re all on the same page — we need to band to­gether for this (re­tire­ment vil­lage). Dar­ryl Smith

Two new sub-com­mit­tees have been set up to fo­cus on con­cerns about the West End and pen­sioner hous­ing, at a re­cent an­nual gen­eral meet­ing for the Port Hed­land Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Twelve mem­bers at­tended the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing held at Port Hed­land Yacht Club on De­cem­ber 4 to dis­cuss the right way to push for bet­ter out­comes for the town and select as­so­ci­a­tion roles for 2019.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Arnold Carter nom­i­nated for chair­man and was sec­onded by com­mit­tee mem­ber Des Maloney, and Ron­ald Attwood was voted in as vicechair­man.

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s sec­re­tary role was left open to be de­cided as power of ap­point­ment by ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee at a later date.

A mo­tion was also put for­ward to hold meet­ings on the third Mon­day of each month to co­in­cide with coun­cil meet­ings next year.

Elected chair­man Mr Carter, who also pre­sented a fi­nan­cial re­port on the night, said the group had more than $1000 in fund­ing and would be cam­paign­ing to give ratepay­ers a choice in where they lived.

“Our aim is pro­vid­ing ratepay­ers with the choice of where they live, not forced (re­stric­tions),” he said.

Newly ac­cepted mem­ber Dar­ryl Smith said se­cur­ing the fu­tures of res­i­dents at the Port Hed­land Re­tire­ment Vil­lage on Stevens Street was a pri­or­ity.

“We’re all on the same page — we need to band to­gether for this (re­tire­ment vil­lage),” he said.

Mr Smith said the idea of mov­ing the res­i­dents out of their long-term hous­ing to al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion in South Hed­land was “cruel” and “wrong”.

At a pre­vi­ous meet­ing on Novem­ber 20, Dave McGowan was made ad­min­is­tra­tor for the group’s so­cial me­dia.

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