Roaming meetings work well
In response to the editorial titled ‘‘Are Roaming Council Meetings Effective?’’ (October 31), I can assure the anonymous naysayer that they are.
Hosting meetings in smaller towns has been a successful part of council procedure over many years.
People come for the atmosphere and the immediacy.
I do think we should aim to expand our presence in smaller towns as a council group, as I have done personally in recent years, but it’s simply not viable to host a meeting in every town.
External meetings require ample staff resources to organise venues, promotions, sound and lighting.
Numbers at Tatura’s meeting were high and the traditional post-meeting barbecue offered opportunity for anyone to speak with councillors directly about problems relating to the town.
For instance, we heard about the ongoing bug-bear of bollards in Tatura car parking spaces and the merits of a trucking museum that would service all of the municipality, not just Shepparton.
Meanwhile, mayor/CEO small town catch-ups host only a handful of people and live streaming struggles to get more than 10 viewers at a time, with people logging in briefly and quickly moving on to something else more popcorn worthy.
Council strives to engage with the community and I for one support it.
Small town meetings result in a measurable benefit.
They are not simply symbolic.
— Fern Summer, City of Greater Shepparton councillor