No more country council meetings

Councillor Vanessa Ekins was a lone voice as she spoke against scrapping Lismore City Councils policy of holding two of its ordinary meetings each year in village locations.

The decision was made at a packed Council meeting on Tuesday in Bexhill Hall where Graham Meineke moved that all ordinary meetings from now on be held at Goonellabah.

It is inconvenient (to hold them in country halls) but look at how many people are here, she said. When we hold meetings in Goonellabah were lucky to get five people (in the public gallery) and we know them all. And how often are these halls used? Hall committees are struggling. The least we can do is schedule a few meetings at them.

Council voted 10/1 to move all future ordinary Council meetings to Goonellabah but increase the number of rural contact forums from three to four each year.

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