FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 24/6/2019
Ratepayers reject rebuke from municipal association
Victoria’s key advocacy association for ratepayers says it’s about time ratepayers were more involved in state government decision making.
According to Dean Hurlston, media spokesperson for Ratepayers Victoria (RPV), “it is disgraceful that the CEO of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) criticised ratepayers’ attendance at the Minister for Local Government’s briefing about the proposed changes to the Local Government Act Bill 2019”.
“We are disappointed with the MAV; it seems to have lost its fundamental understanding that it’s actually ratepayers who elect councillors in local government,” he said
Ratepayers Victoria and other ratepayer groups were recently invited to the Minister Adem Somyurek’s briefing where he outlined the proposed changes to Local Government.
“Ratepayers Victoria members were very pleased to be invited to participate in this process – and we are impressed that the Minister is leading the way in this regard”, Mr Hurlston said.
“What astounds me is the attitude of the MAV; of course, ratepayers should be consulted about such important changes”
“The MAV gets over $20 million from subscriptions and grants every year – obtained from many council/shires that pay tens of thousands of ratepayers’ money to join this self-focussed organisation. What do they get for it?”
RPV looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Hon Adem Somyurek in the coming months and will continue to advocate for the rights of Ratepayers across Victoria.
For further information:
Dean Hurlston: 0427 862 103
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