The Tumut Community Association will hold their inaugural Annual General Meeting at 6pm on Thursday, May 18, at Club Tumut.
The association started up in 2016 under the direction of former mayors Geoff Pritchard and John Larter after the amalgamation of Tumut and Tumbarumba councils, with the idea being to form a non-political, non-partisan group that would advocate for community projects.
Mr Pritchard is encouraging anyone with an interest in the progress of the town to come along on May 18, to voice their opinions and concerns before the council elections are due to take place in September.
“I want to get the community’s ideas before the council elections,” said Mr Pritchard.
“The councillors won’t be appointed until the end of the year, which means that they won’t really be on the ground running until the new year.
“So, what we’re trying to do now is think about the policies that the community want the candidates to think about and commit themselves to – so that the Tumut Community Association can push certain things or not. Otherwise, we’ll lose another year of inaction.
“We’ve been in hibernation since the amalgamations, besides the works that’s gone into amalgamating the new council, which has been significant. There’s been no real community input as far as I can see, so that’s what I’m trying to do – to get the community to think about what direction we want to go in the future.”
So far, the Tumut Community Association has advocated for action from the state government, police, and others regarding illegal and disruptive bike riding in the Bush Common; lobbied for increased medical services in Tumut including an anaesthetist; and suggested projects for $8.5 million in infrastructure funds from the state government to be spent on in the shire.
The meeting and discussion is open to all adult residents of the Tumut area, however, voting is restricted to financial members. Membership is $5 a year and initially is up to 30th June next year.
Membership forms are available from Luke Peacock at the Tumut Pharmacy and Allan Kelly’s office at the corner of Fuller and Fitzroy Streets. Payment may be made at Allan’s office, or at the meeting (nomination etc can be filled out then).
Any queries should be directed to 0428473635 or to the Tumut Community Association Facebook page.