Warrnambool City Council has streamlined its advisory committees and now it has put out the call for community members to join the new-look bodies.
Cr Ben Blain told the May council meeting advisory committees were an important way for the community to have another voice to council.
A shake-up of advisory groups has seen the committees either renamed, merged or dumped.
He said the changes were aimed at trying to streamline the advisory committee process, reinvigorate membership, keep them more relevant and allow them to have a bigger cross section of the community.
Warrnambool mayor Vicki Jellie said the city had an active and involved community made up of skilled individuals, and many had extensive knowledge about issues and opportunities that faced council.
"We're keen to tap into this knowledge and expertise through our community advisory committees," she said.
The council is seeking expressions of interest its committees which include:
- Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee,
- Community and International Relations Advisory Committee,
- Planning Advisory Committee,
- Environment and Sustainability Advisory Committee, and
- the South West Livestock Exchange Advisory Committee.
For more information visit www.yoursaywarrnambool.com.au
Submissions close on June 18 and candidates will be announced at the July 5 meeting.
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Cr Richard Ziegeler said he supported the revision of the suite of advisory committees which now covered the needs of the city going forward.
He said the reason for changing the suggested name from Welcoming Cities Advisory Committee was that he felt the name should reflect the purpose and intent of the committee.
"Welcoming cities to my way of thinking was nonsensical. Doesn't mean anything," Cr Ziegeler said.
He said there was a welcoming cities ethos and set of standards which the council suggests the advisory committee adhered to, but it didn't need have to have the same name.
Cr Blain thanked those who had served on previous committees and said he looked forward to working with those who would put their hand up for the new committees.
"It's great that you're prepared to give up your time in order to try and make the city better for everyone else," he said.
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