THERE have been a huge number of subcommittees with Council and at the February meeting Councillors will be voting on a restructure. There are two things I’d appreciate your thoughts on: the town-based committees proposed and a roads committee.
To give better voice to each town in the Shire it is proposed that each major town have it’s own Council committee, which I think is a great idea. There are specific issues for each town and town-based committees will mean those issues can be given the time and focus they deserve.
But I do question how residents feel about the town-based structure proposed and wonder if we do need a couple more…
At the moment it is proposed that there are committees for:
However, I raised if we should also have two more committees, which may meet quarterly:
- Ellerston, Moonan, Gundy and Rouchel
My current thinking is that residents in Ellerston-Rouchel may not feel their issues will be given the localised focus if they were part of the Scone committee and Cassilis residents have often said they feel even with Merriwa they are not heard as much as they would like.
Currently the Council is doing community consultation and they have been broken down into the areas of: Aberdeen, Cassilis, Merriwa, Moonan, Murrurundi and Scone and I think that this does reflect a fairer representation. BUT if the residents of Cassilis / Ellerston-Rouchel are comfortable in being part of the Merriwa / Scone committees then it would have my support. I’d also be interested to hear from Parkville/Wingen residents as to if they would want a quarterly meeting for their villages.
So I’d like to hear what the residents of these towns would like, before I vote on the matter.
I’ve also proposed a specific roads committee. My thinking is that it is consistently the number one issue that is raised by residents across the Shire and a dedicated Roads Committee could have a representative from each major town/village to represent the interests of their town/village and work collaboratively to fairly understand the needs across the whole Shire. While the budget for roads can’t be changed at this point, if we start the committee now, by the time budget is being allocated again, the committee could be up to speed with the issues, constraints and opportunities for roads and be in an informed position to give Council practical advice.
Road issues could still be raised through the town-based committees, but a dedicated committee would ensure a holistic approach to roads across the Shire and the time for committee members to dig deeper and understand the broader issues and solutions.
Again, I’d like to hear if you think a dedicated roads committee would be worthwhile?
Kind Regards, Liz
Cr Elizabeth Flaherty
M: 0414 552 474