Group to close unless extra help found

The Alstonville Ratepayers Association will be forced to disband if the committee cannot find a number of ratepayers to take on positions such as chairperson, secretary and treasurer.

Alstonville Ratepayers Association vice chairperson, Bob Wilson, said the group has around 90 members but as yet no-one has been willing to take on an executive position or join the committee.

Bob says the group gives the Plateau people a voice by advocating on their behalf with Ballina Shire Council, and in the past have tackled issues as diverse as youth crime, the Main Street upgrade and obtaining Heritage funding to preserve Alstonvilles significant sights.

The community will lose its link to Ballina Shire Council and we will cease to have the collective power to lobby for important infrastructure and programs to enhance our village, Bob said. We have simply hit a wall if we cant find people to help we will have to shut down and years of work will be lost.

The Alstonville Ratepayers Associations next meeting is on Tuesday, September 26, at the Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre from 7.30pm. Anyone interested in joining can simply go along on the night or phone Bob on 0414 708 662.

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