New meet­ing days de­cided

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

Lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion, meet­ing pro­cesses and tim­ing were some of the key items re­solved at an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing of the new Mur­rumbidgee Coun­cil in Dar­ling­ton Point last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tor Austin Evans con­sid­ered a num­ber of re­ports pre­pared by the in­terim gen­eral man­ager Craig Mof­fitt in re­la­tion to es­tab­lish­ing the meet­ing frame­work un­til the elec­tion of a new coun­cil in Septem­ber 2017.

Mr Evans said it was de­cided that coun­cil’s fu­ture or­di­nary meet­ings would be held on the fourth Thurs­day of each month start­ing at 10am and that the meet­ings would be held on a ro­ta­tional ba­sis be­tween the Mur­rumbidgee Coun­cil ser­vice cen­tres lo­cated in Dar­ling­ton Point, Jer­ilderie and Coleam­bally.

The first meet­ing is sched­uled for Thurs­day, June 23 at 10am in the Jer­ilderie Cham­bers.

Mr Evans said the Code of Meet­ing Prac­tice had been in­cluded in the Procla­ma­tion which formed the new coun­cil and meet­ings would ad­here to the Code of the for­mer Jer­ilderie Shire, with the ex­cep­tion of the amend­ments to meet­ing dates, times and lo­ca­tions.

‘‘It is es­sen­tial from a trans­parency per­spec­tive that as many mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have ac­cess to coun­cil’s de­ci­sion mak­ing pro­cesses as pos­si­ble as it works to cre­ate a new or­gan­i­sa­tion to ser­vice the com­mu­nity’s needs,’’ Mr Evans said.

‘‘By hold­ing the meet­ings in each of the new cen­tres, com­mu­nity mem­bers will have an op­por­tu­nity to at­tend and hear first­hand the de­ci­sions that are be­ing taken on their be­half.’’

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