A grass roots voice

New group vows to be an advocate for all of the shire

Anthony Cini

POLKA DOT: (from left) Shire residents Des Ryan, Jim Shovelton and Tess Noonan-Egan place a dot on what they think should be priorities for the Strathbogie Voices group.

MORE than a ‘one meet-bleat’ is the catch-cry of the new community lobby group, Strathbogie Voices, which was launched at a meeting in Euroa on Monday night.

More than 70 people attended the inaugural meeting where spokeswoman Kate Stothers pledged the group would be an advocate for all people from right across the shire.

In her opening address Ms Stothers said while the group was born out of a frustration with local government, it was time to harness that frustration and produce something positive.

“If we’re going to empower our councillors, we need to give them something to stand for and then once they’re on council, we need to support them,” she said.

Strathbogie Shire mayor Deb Swan attended the meeting and told the crowd council was well aware it had problems communicating effectively with the community.

“When a large issue comes up it’s hell trying to get the information out to people,” mayor Swan said.

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