The Weston Creek Community Council meeting of last Wednesday 29 March had to be abandoned due to excessive attendance numbers. This was very gratifying in that we had reached so many members of the community. Unfortunately we were breaching the fire regulations and the club was required to ask us to terminate the meeting.
Since then we have spoken to the head of the Housing Renewal Taskforce who has informed us that they will not be presenting at a Weston Creek Community Council meeting. This is an extraordinary development when we were considering alternative venues with greater capacity. We were informed that this decision followed discussions with the Minister. The reasons for this decision were given as :
- Persons supporting the proposed development may not be heard in a public meeting
- There is concern that Taskforce staff may not be treated with respect and that there may even be abuse.
We consider that action taken is a form of disenfranchisement of the Weston Creek community.
We have written to the Minister about the situation –
The Taskforce has pointed out that the ‘Drop In’ session scheduled for Saturday 8 April would provide sufficient avenue for the community to make known their concerns and/or support for the 3 sites. They intend to extend the session to 3 hours and that bookings can be made by individuals and by small groups of up to about 6 people.
As you can no doubt appreciate this will not allow comment to be made by 200 people ( the approximate number of people at the terminated meeting).
However there is another avenue available to residents of Weston Creek !!
Our fellow Community Council at Woden have a meeting on Wednesday 5 April at 7.30 pm in the Southern Cross Club. They have indicated that Weston Creek residents would be welcome to attend.
There are two items on the agenda. Firstly the master /precinct plan for Woden Town Centre and then the Housing Renewal taskforce will present.
Both of these items should be of interest to residents of Weston Creek as the Woden Community Council tries to ensure the revitalisation of our closest town centre. Of course the second item may also give us a chance to communicate with the Taskforce.
We will endeavour to keep you updated and regret that the show of concern evidenced by the numbers at the Raiders Club meeting has resulted in the current situation.