M ayor Kristie Johnston, Ald Matt Stevenson and Ald Jan Dunsby will today take up the fight to save Glenorchy City Council’s long-running community precinct system when Council considers a Notice of Motion proposed by Ald David Pearce to shut them down.
Mayor Johnston described the proposal as a blatant attempt to silence the voice of the ratepayers.
Glenorchy City Council established the community precinct system in 1999 and it was the foundation for Glenorchy being known a “community Council”. Community Precincts are special committees of Council specifically designed to provide feedback to the Council on local issues and to meet the needs of local people.
“Community Precincts are run by volunteers who dedicate hundreds of hours helping to deliver important services to our community – those things that make living in Glenorchy worthwhile. These include services such as community libraries, craft classes, eating with friends, civic celebrations, opportunities for friendship and host a range of interesting guest speakers. But most importantly they provide valuable feedback on Council issues” said Ald Dunsby.
Mayor Johnston said “Precinct members frequently attend Council meetings and will often speak to Council on issues that concern them including rate rises and the Council’s treatment of me as Mayor. I would hate to think that the proposal to shut them down is an attempt to gag the voice of the people and to punish them for being supportive of me personally”.
Ald Stevenson said “There is no cost saving benefit from shutting the precinct down. In fact with the loss of services and volunteer labour that the precincts have provided over many years it is arguable that there may even be an increased cost to Council if they no longer exist”.
The Community Precinct’s motto is “Precincts are People Powered – Your Voice in Your City”. Mayor Johnston said that “this is an opportunity for Council to demonstrate that we appreciate those who volunteer in our community and take the time to provide us with feedback. I hope that common sense will prevail at today’s Council meeting and that other aldermen will join me, Ald Stevenson and Ald Dunsby and save the voice of people in our City”.
Media are invited to meet and interview Community Precinct members at Glenorchy City Council Lawns, 2:30pm today (Monday 1 August 2016). Mayor Johnston, Ald Stevenson and Ald Dunsby will also be in attendance.
Council meeting will follow at 3pm.
For further information please contact Mayor Kristie Johnston 0488 307 427.