Council calls for community representation on advisory groups

Burdekin Shire Council is calling for residents to represent their community on one of six advisory groups.

The groups include the Burdekin Building Safer Communities Action Team, Regional Arts Development Fund, Burdekin Seniors Advisory Group, Burdekin Be Active Committee, Cultural Advisory Group and the Aerodrome Advisory Group.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said it was important to include community representatives in these groups to ensure all voices were being heard.

“Some of these groups already have members, but there is always room for residents who feel they have something to add,” she said.

“All of these groups provide feedback to Council and this helps inform the decisions we make.

“Council also has decided to establish a Cultural Advisory Group to ensure community interests are considered in any decisions made about the use of the Burdekin Theatre and Burdekin Memorial Hall.

“We are looking for people who are enthusiastic about the venues and that are open to new ideas.

“This group will have two Councillors, Friends of the Theatre representative, Memorial Hall Committee representative, three community representatives including one youth member and the Community Development Manager.

“So if you think you fit the bill or have a passion for the arts, then fill out a nomination form from the Council Customer Service Centre or download one from Council’s website.”

Cr McLaughlin said any resident interested in attending one of the groups should understand the commitments behind their decision.

“They should understand that they are committing to attending meetings, becoming a ‘go-to’ person for the community and providing feedback from their community,” she said.

“Most group members are asked to commit to their role for 12 months and are encouraged to continue if they wish to.”

For further information about the community groups please contact Council on 4783 9800.

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