Advocating on behalf of the community
A key function of Indigo Shire Council is to advocate on behalf of the residents to State and Federal governments, other authorities and business on issues that affect us all.
While much of this work is done behind the scenes, it can result in tangible benefits for the community.
Standing up for the community
Indigo Shire Council has gone into bat for residents over a number of issues in 2013. This is important because sometimes Council can raise issues with different levels of government in a way that individuals or small groups can’t. Much of this advocacy by Council is unseen except to those residents directly involved. Council has added its voice to concerned residents over a number of issues recently. Two stand out.
After representations from Council, Telstra has committed to increase the number of ADSL broadband ports in Beechworth before Christmas.The issue came up earlier in 2013 when frustrated residents and businesses spoke to Councillors about not being able to get broadband in the town. Some business owners said the lack of broadband could hamper business and would be a disincentive for people considering moving to the area from the city.Telstra has now said they see a need for more broadband ports, which will be in place before Christmas. This shortage of ADSL broadband ports is largely isolated to Beechworth, with a high number of ports available in other Shire towns.
Council has also advocated to the Education Department for the continuation of the Stanley Primary School after classes were suspended earlier this year. Council hosted a public forum to discuss the issue and throughout the year has backed the Stanley community with their desire to keep the school open and classes running.
Other examples include:
Last updated: 20 December 2013