Former Tatura-based Greater Shepparton City councillor Kevin ‘‘Gunna’’ Ryan is encouraging residents to attend a general council meeting at Tatura’s Ballantyne Centre at 5.30pm on Tuesday, October 17.
Council will be travelling to Tatura for the October meeting to give residents the opportunity to meet councillors and see how the council meeting process works.
A free barbecue will be held after the meeting.
‘‘It’s great for council to come out here and hopefully residents who are interested in the process will come along and meet councillors face-to-face,’’ Mr Ryan said.
‘‘A lot of people here have never been to a council meeting, it is an eye opener, it’s interesting to see how council runs; how they operate and discuss issues.
‘‘It’s a good way to speak to your councillors and meet them individually, introduce yourself and if you have a question or a bee-in-your-bonnet, you have the whole council there to listen.
‘‘People can take what council does for granted and are quick to criticise, but don’t participate in the process.’’
Mr Ryan said it was absolutely crucial for Greater Shepparton City Council to visit outlying towns in the region and include those ratepayers in decision-making.
‘‘It’s called the Greater Shepparton City Council, but that doesn’t mean it has to be ‘Shepp centric’. You have got to get out to all constituents in outlying areas, we pay our rates jut as everyone else, we need everyone to understand what’s happening,’’ he said.
Tatura’s Rod Schubert said he was looking forward to the meeting and expected a good crowd there.