Time called on council
Tuesday, 6th August, 2013
By Emily Roberts
A district council fighting for the rights of schools in the region has disbanded because of a lack of interest.
The Broken Hill and District Council of Parents and Citizens, Far West Region of NSW recently dissolved.
Former treasurer of the Council, Marlene Bettes said it had run for over 50 years.
“The purpose of the committee was to allow P and C associations from public school in Broken Hill and district area to meet together,” Mrs Bettes said.
Mrs Bettes said each school was permitted to send two representatives from their P and C Associations to monthly meetings.
“The opportunity existed for discussions and decisions aimed at improving learning opportunities for Broken Hill and District Public School students and families,” she said.
“Representatives were able to express their concerns for schools in the region.”
Mrs Bettes said the members of the once popular District Council had lost interest.
“As time has progressed it became a difficult matter trying to get a quorum at each District Council meeting,” Mrs Bettes said.
“Attempts were made to increase interest by altering times, dates, venues, even the number of meetings held each year.
“Guest speakers were invited ... all were to no avail. Main attendees were people in the older age bracket with no children or even grandchildren at a school in the area.
“One lady travelled all the way from Tibooburra.”
Mrs Bettes said during the time of the District Council, they discussed issues including increased funding for schools; air conditioning to all schools; improvement for schools and support for schools during the drought period.
“The consequences of not having a District Council, means representatives won’t be able to get together and confer,” she said.
“P and Cs might be having a problem and not realise that another school has experienced something similar.”
The funds gathered from the District Council have now been donated.
“Also at the last meeting of the organisation, there was a motion - to donate the funds to the Broken Hill Committee of Stewart House to assist students of Broken Hill and District Schools attending Stewart House,” Mrs Bettes said.
“We have given them $2,665.91.”