Rural Round Up

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During the month of March, I had the privilege of joining residents at the Arcadia Galston Residents Association community BBQ. It was a great afternoon spent talking to residents in a casual, relaxed environment. However, what stood out to me was who else had come along. Many members of AGRA also participate in the RFS, Rotary and other ratepayer associations.

There was a common theme to many conversations that related to membership challenges.

When I reflect on the representative role that I play, the value of engaging with volunteer associations and services really hit home. One of the primary ways that I discover community concerns and exchange information, is through participation in meetings and events sponsored by our many Associations.

The RFS are always looking for new recruits. They provide an obvious service to the community by way of firefighting, but also provide education services and feedback on many of Council policy areas.

Rotary, Lions, CWA and Apex are recognised organisations that we are all familiar with. However, it may not be widely known that Rotary have a base in Galston with a focus on fund raising and support for our youth.

I attend many Progress association meetings, Community Hall committee meetings, Sports Club meetings, history presentations, Scout events, Men’s shed and even the occasional Probus meeting. The point is, if as a resident you would like to have a greater voice within the community, hear more about Council activities, or just want to give something back, consider involving yourself in an appropriate organisation.

There are many projects coming up that will require community feedback including the Galston Village Public Domain and further stages of the Rural Land Review.

As always, happy to be contacted on [email protected] or 0499 004 861.