‘One town’ a step closer

November 22, 2017

Kyabram is one step closer to having a ‘‘one town committee’’.

KYABRAM is one step closer to having a ‘‘one town committee’’.

The Kyabram Development Committee held a town forum last week to propose the inception of a ‘‘one town, one voice’’ group.

The new committee would seek to unite Kyabram’s four key groups currently working with council and government.

Organisers endeavoured to invite as many community groups as possible to hear the proposal and contribute input.

The development committee’s Peter Nelson said the new group would aim to provide the community with a support system that addresses common issues and goals.

“If Kyabram had one voice, there would be increased benefits for the town and district,’’ he said.

The steering committee discussed how the new model would be structured, suggesting representatives from each stakeholder group could form a larger representative group.

They insisted existing groups would not lose their autonomy, continuing as they are but with the added benefit of working together.

The committee also suggested the instigation of a ‘‘Kyabram development officer’’ to liaise with council one to two days a week. ‘‘Area representatives’’ could also speak for smaller groups such as sporting clubs, churches, and groups in health, education and arts.

The committee suggested members for the one town committee could be nominated or apply.

The steering committee was delighted by council support for the proposal, with a number of councillors attending the forum.

Mayor Adrian Weston and chief executive Jason Russell also spoke at the meeting, complimenting the ‘‘one voice’’ approach to seeking the development of community projects.

‘‘Given the great support we have from councillors and the community, this could well be a very important project for the future of Kyabram,’’ Mr Nelson said.

‘‘The steering committee is now on a mission to explain the plan to the wider community and is buoyed by the enthusiasm shown by those who have voiced support already.’’

Those unable to attend the forum will be contacted with more details.

The next step is a community workshop planned for mid-February 2018.

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