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Better communication needed to move forward

Members of three Kyabram community groups attended a joint meeting on Monday evening to consider the question ‘Where to from here’ for Kyabram

January 24, 2013 4:31am

Members of three Kyabram community groups attended a joint meeting on Monday evening to consider the question ‘Where to from here’ for Kyabram.

One representative from each of the Kyabram Development Committee, Kyabram Community Planning Group and the Kyabram Deakin Residents Ratepayers and Development Group was invited to speak on behalf of their group, outlining its priorities and aims.

Kyabram Development Committee chair Vince Curtis said there was pride and strength in the community.

He said a paid employee is needed to drive projects forward.

Peter Nelson, representing Kyabram Community Planning Group, said his group was originally established to create a list of priorities and a plan of projects.

Mr Nelson said the current four-year plan runs out in 2013 making this an ideal time for groups to consider the way forward.

Mary Bowman, from Kyabram Deakin Residents Ratepayers and Development Group, said any community’s biggest asset is its people.

‘‘If we don’t work together we won’t go anywhere,’’ she said.

A general consensus throughout was for a need to improve communication between the various groups who are keen to improve the town.

Patricia Chick, from the Victorian Government’s Department of Business and Innovation, asked for feedback on the impact the fall of Banksia Securities was having on the town and how the Government may be able to assist.

Mr Nelson said Banksia had been a major employer in the town for many years and had also been a great contributor towards supporting local sports clubs, organisations and events.

Campaspe Shire Council officers Jenny Williams and Astrid O’Farrell were present to gain an understanding of the issues highlighted.

In addition, Kyabram Deakin Ward’s three councillors, Cr Carol Howell, Cr Neil Panhurst and Cr Robert Danieli all spoke briefly regarding opportunties they believe exist for the town.

Sustainable Kyabram project officer Lisa Booth spoke positively about the opportunities Kyabram has to move itself forward in the renewable energy sector.

‘‘We already have a potential investor who has visited Kyabram and been impressed by its potential,’’ Ms Booth said.

At the end of the meeting the groups agreed to take away the points for discussion within their own organisations and then meet again.

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