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Belconnen Community Council Special AGM

By Damien Haas 15 April 2013 29

For Belconnen residents ( and business owners, workers or students over the age of 16) who are eligible to vote at tomorrow nights Special AGM, I will be supporting the following candidates for the following positions:

President – Matt Watts
Vice President – Damien Haas
Secretary – Victoria Robertson
Treasurer – John Simson

There may be other candidates, but I will not be voting for them.

The Special AGM will be held at 7.30PM at the Community room above the Belconnen Library. It will be followed by a presentation from Road ACT at about 8.30PM.

I’d encourage people with an interest in the community of Belconnen to attend and vote as their conscience dictates. It will be a good opportunity to install a competent, community minded group of people.

It was quite a struggle to get this Special AGM held, as the disgruntled incumbents that whiteanted Matt Watts following the AGM in September last year have tried many ruses to prevent this Special AGM occurring. It should be noted that every single one of their claims to the Office of Regulatory Services regarding Matts ineligibility have been dismissed. The sole reason for the AGM not being valid was the Public Officer failing to lodge the correct paperwork.

I am posting this as an ordinary member of the community and not in any role associated with the BCC where I am a current committee member.

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460cixy 3:42 pm 17 Apr 13

Gungahlin Al said :

460cixy said :

Can some one please enlighten me as to why Robyn chaired part of the meeting and why the voting was recorded on video? Seems a bit odd to me.

I obviously wasn’t there, but offer these thoughts:
Once the chair is elected, they can take over. Often they’d wait until the end of the elections and then take the chair. Is that what you were talking about?
In GCC we used to video all the meetings so others could view the proceedings via our website later. ACT Gov staff also found it a useful way to check they got everything in their notes.

Sort of clears it up but I think some people may have felt she was incumbent when she had no official roll till after the vote . I just hope the council can move foward and be productive with some fresh new faces and ideas

Gungahlin Al 3:10 pm 17 Apr 13

460cixy said :

Can some one please enlighten me as to why Robyn chaired part of the meeting and why the voting was recorded on video? Seems a bit odd to me.

I obviously wasn’t there, but offer these thoughts:
Once the chair is elected, they can take over. Often they’d wait until the end of the elections and then take the chair. Is that what you were talking about?
In GCC we used to video all the meetings so others could view the proceedings via our website later. ACT Gov staff also found it a useful way to check they got everything in their notes.

460cixy 12:24 pm 17 Apr 13

Can some one please enlighten me as to why Robyn chaired part of the meeting and why the voting was recorded on video? Seems a bit odd to me.

Matt_Watts 11:24 am 17 Apr 13

I’d like to congratulate all those who ran, and thank everyone who turned up to have their say. Hopefully we’ll have even more people at the next AGM (and we’ll need a larger room). I expect the video of the AGM will be made publicly available soon.

Robyn asked me to continue in some fashion, and I’ll decide how once I get to know some of the new members of the BCC Committee. I think we are now well-placed to achieve some great outcomes with this mix of fresh blood and experience.

Finally, Al, I was never personally against Shirley, which is why in September I publicly thanked her for her years of service and stated I’d be happy for her to continue on the Committee. Any questions I raised were done in my name, not via anonymous dirt sheets. My supporters didn’t hack an email account and I didn’t mislead the public about fictional ORS advice. Some don’t like accountability. But as I said all along, I’d abide by whatever the people decide.

As I’ve said over recent weeks, no matter who won last night’s election the BCC will now need to operate with a new level of accountability. Hopefully, never again will someone with a valid question about the approval of BCC expenditure be branded a trouble-maker.

I’m looking forward to all we can achieve in Belconnen, and I encourage readers to attend the next public meeting!

Golden-Alpine 10:12 am 17 Apr 13

Is this over for another year or is it

TO BE CONTINUED……

460cixy 7:59 am 17 Apr 13

What an evening no one seemed to have a clue on how to run an AGM and for Brian Rhynehart to blow his stack at damien haas was out of order and un called for poor form

Mr Evil 7:17 am 17 Apr 13

Gungahlin Al said :

I note from the nominations list above that Matt Watts did not nominate for any other positions, so would not end up on the committee at all?

I’d just like to add that I’ve worked with Shirley for several years in both her Community Council and Belconnen Arts Centre roles. I’ve never had the slightest doubt in her integrity, and have found the lobbying and insinuations against her character as misusing BCC resources as highly distasteful and bordering on defamatory. I’m glad she’s finally managed to step aside from the role now and can get back on with her life.

Al, she may be a lovely person with lots of integrity – but the carrying ons at the BCC over the past 8 months or so certainly raise some questions about the ability and talent at the top of the BCC, and their knowledge of the correct rules and procedures in relation to the operation of the council.

Now they can all go back to doing what they do best…………..which doesn’t look to be a hell of a lot.

Gungahlin Al 9:49 pm 16 Apr 13

Final update from Tara:

Damien Haas vice president. Victoria Robertson elected unopposed to Secretary and John Simson as Treasurer.
All committee positions filled.

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