Mount Pleasant introduces their own 'question time'

Changes: District Council of Mount Remarkable CEO Sam Johnson.
Changes: District Council of Mount Remarkable CEO Sam Johnson.

The District Council of Mount Remarkable has changed its community question time to be more adaptable and less formal to engage further with the community.

Council will now allocate 30 minutes prior to the start of each Council meeting (4pm), where it will allow community members to come along and ask questions of their choosing of the elected members, and the management team.

Mount remarkable Mayor Phil Heaslip will be tasked with facilitating the question and answer session and Council told The Recorder that should there be a large number of questions they will do their best to get through as many questions as possible before the scheduled Council meeting commencing at 4:30pm.

"This is a great illustration of Council looking to change things in a proactive manner to be more consultative and engaging with the community" said Mayor Heaslip.

Council has furthermore resolved to interchange Council meetings to other localities in the district.

As such, Council will be seeking to hold four of its scheduled Council meetings in other localities such as Wilmington, Booleroo Centre, Port Germein and Wirrabara.

Council conceded that the distance required to travel from other areas of the District, had in the past, limited the potential for all community members to attend meetings

"Council acknowledges that being able to come to Melrose for Council meetings, and or community question time, will not always be possible hence why we believe it is important to change the meetings around making it more accessible to the public" said Mayor Heaslip.

Council officially adopted these changes in December last year when they signed off on an amended Code of Practice.

The meetings held outside of Melrose will be scheduled every quarter in the aims of improving community engagement, openness and transparency. The meetings will make use of community owned council halls and facilities in locations in the District.

Council said the dates for these meetings would be locked in very soon and Council's website, newsletter and Facebook page will promote these arrangements.

Council strongly encourages members of the community to come along and engage with Council, and put forward any questions or suggestions directly to Council and Council management team.