Changes delayed as Council fears exodus
Tuesday, 6th April, 2010
By Stefan Delatovic
Changes to the Memorial Oval Community Committee have been delayed as Councillors fear they may drive volunteers away.
Council had sought to change the constitution of the group, which is a 355 committee, at last Wednesday night's monthly meeting. Council management had proposed that the committee's bank account be closed and its finances be handled by Council to streamline auditing and reporting procedures.
Under the changes, finances would still be quarantined for the use of the committee, but would rest in a Council account. Councillor Tom Kennedy voiced concern at the meeting that the move might turn volunteers away. He said committees that lost control of their finances may "feel like a rubber stamp."
Clr John Groenendijk, however, said the change would free committee members from worrying about fundraising and allow them to focus on planning and direction. Deputy Mayor Neville Gasmier said he was not convinced the change was needed, and that if volunteers left, it would be a sad day for the city's ovals.
Council resolved to send the plan back to the committee stage to find out whether it was necessary.