Community development committee members seek answers from Tamworth Regional Council

MEMBERS of some of the community development committees (CDC) being dissolved want answers from Tamworth Regional Council.

The Woolbrook, Bendemeer, Barraba, Attunga, Calala and Hanging Rock CDCs are among those to be disbanded, yet up to late last week had not received any formal notification, although at least one thinks the dissolution could have a silver lining.

Woolbrook CDC chairman Tony Haling said his group met last Thursday night to discuss it all and all were “fairly disappointed with Tamworth Regional Council”.

Mr Haling said he’d rung council and was told he couldn’t get a letter, as the minutes hadn’t been confirmed, but the minutes were already online.

He said council sent the group a letter on May 1 (received on May 8) to state many CDCs would be dissolved.

“I then didn’t hear a thing until Prime 7’s story on Bendemeer, and they’d found out the truth because they’d attended the meeting,” he said.

Bendemeer and Barraba said they also still hadn’t heard anything official from council.

The councillors believed communities would continue to have many opportunities to air their views or raise concerns with them under the integrated planning and reporting regime.

Mr Haling said council had kept four CDCs – Nundle, Kootingal, Moonbi and Manilla – but he didn’t know why they were chosen.

The Woolbrook CDC is now a hall and recreation reserve committee.

“They have restricted our capacity to put community issues to council, but we spoke to Walcha council and they’ve assured us we have their support as a 355 committee,” Mr Haling said.

“Robert Charlesworth said anyone can come to council with issues, but it doesn’t carry as much weight as a representative body.”

Bendemeer CDC chairman Nik Roudenko said its members were not happy with the decision.

“The principle is not a big deal if there is a better solution, but we haven’t heard a better solution,” he said.

Robert Charlesworth

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