Robyn Lemaire of the ratepayers and residents association wants people to join to save the association.
Robyn Lemaire of the ratepayers and residents association wants people to join to save the association. John Gass

Residents group to close down unless people join

DO you want to have a say in how council spends your rates?

That's the question

Robyn Lemaire has for Murwillumbah residents as she weigh up the possible closure of the local ratepayers and residents association, of which she is president.

Ms Lemaire said a decision would be made about the association's future at this month's annual general meeting.

She said attendance had dwindled to about four people at meetings this year, despite there being many local initiatives that required input from residents, especially Knox Park, the Red Cross Hall and a new Nullum St children's playground.

"If you fail to make comments, then there is nothing for you to complain about," Ms Lemaire said.

"If you say nothing, then that vocal minority will get their opinions put forward.

"We've got a lot more pull as an association than just a single person writing letters.

"As our numbers have dropped away, we are looking at closing down at the AGM if there are no new people to take up office.

"There is still the business chambers, but their interest is in getting profit into their pockets, and tourism is the same.

"We need people who want to talk about their streets, parks and public facilities that we all use and need."

The AGM will be staged on Monday, August 19, at the Autumn Club, Tumbulgum Rd (next to the library), at 7.30pm.

The association was founded in 2007 due to a dispute over a local housing estate.

For more information about the association, see the letters page.



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