Voice for rate payers

March 03, 2018

Greater Shepparton could soon have its own ratepayers group — with the aim of ensuring public money is spent wisely.

Ratepayers Victoria will this month host a meeting in Shepparton to seek expressions of interest in order to establish a group.

Ratepayers Victoria vice-president Frank Sullivan said the whole idea behind the group was to ensure transparency on how councils were spending ratepayer dollars.

‘‘We want to work with councils,’’ he said.

Having recently established groups in Geelong, Bendigo and Darebin, Mr Sullivan said the groups met on a regular basis to provide feedback and to have discussions with councillors.

‘‘We’re not the big bad wolf,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ve got nothing to fear if they’re doing the right thing by their ratepayers.’’

Greater Shepparton chief executive Peter Harriott said the council was happy to work with the group, having already worked with dozens of community groups, some of which had been established for many years.

‘‘If another local group is established with significant local knowledge, we’ll be happy to work with them,’’ he said.

Mr Sullivan said they hoped to establish a main body after the meeting which would then go about creating a committee.

‘‘Here in Melbourne, we’re there as an advisory group,’’ he said.

‘‘Members would pay a minimum $10 fee and then the committee would communicate with its members.’’

The role of the group would be attending council meetings and providing regular reports on its website.

‘‘I will co-ordinate the first meeting,’’ Mr Sullivan said.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 27, from 7pm to 9pm at the Senior Citizens Hall, Welsford St, Shepparton.

For more information, phone Frank Sullivan on 0438555805.

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