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Council’s Recreational Matrix Group?


Dear Beagle Editor,

Council’s Recreational Matrix Group?

Was anyone aware that Council has a "Recreational Matrix Group" who have monthly discussions related to events and issues raised by the community?

This group was mentioned in the Delivery Program 2013-17 under 'Collaborative Communities'.

It states, "Recreational planning is supported by Council's Recreational Matrix Group, with staff from across council meeting monthly to consider recreation maintenance, events, sporting needs and issues raised by the community."

When I asked council(email dated 27th Nov 2016) what input this Matrix Group had had in relation to the Huntfest Event and issues raised by the community, I was told:

"The Recreational Matrix Group consider events and issues as and when they are referred to them. The process of a licence is not usually referred and was not done in this instance." (19 Dec 2016)

I would have thought the controversial Huntfest event, on Crown Land used for 'recreational' purposes would have been a prime issue for referral.

I have no idea who the Matrix Group members are, their agenda, results of their discussions, their influence over staff or councillor decisions etc.

Does anyone have any knowledge of this group or the role it plays in the use of council controlled recreational areas?

Patricia Gardiner Deua River Valley,


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