19 March 2015
of the Legislative Council
Committees in Electorate of Rosevears
(Rosevears) - Mr President, once upon a time we had progress
associations around our regions. They were sometimes criticised
because progress for progress's sake was not necessarily seen as a
positive. Support and participation in progress associations
lost steam. There was a period of hiatus in some areas, but now
we have improvement less ambiguously replacing progress.
Improvement movements are springing up all over my electorate.
There seems nothing ambiguous about improvement, whatever your views
about developments. Communities are right behind the
improvements movement. The biggest in my electorate is the
Beaconsfield Improvement Committee.
the mine disaster in 2006, the West Tamar Community Recovery
sub-committee realised that the Beaconsfield community would benefit
from various improvements to help in the community recovery process,
and also to improve the experience of visitors, by encouraging people
to stop and spend time in Beaconsfield. The Beaconsfield
Improvement Committee was formed in September 2006 as an external
committee of the West Tamar Council. Its main purpose was to
provide direction and a whole-of-community approach to the
improvement of Beaconsfield.
of the main problems with the old progress associations was that they
were often dominated by the few who had time to attend the meetings.
This often led to a distortion of aims, some of which were not
necessarily a priority for most community members. The
Beaconsfield Improvement Committee was careful to involve the whole
community. One questionnaire was circulated which made it
apparent that the top issues for child and family wellbeing was a
safer Beaconsfield, free of drugs, violence and poverty.
Respondents wanted a police presence back in town. They wanted
Beaconsfield to be a place that people could be proud to live in.
Didn't they have a policeman at Beaconsfield?
- They have just increased numbers and a better presence in
wanted a beautiful town centre. They wanted it clean, tidy and
well-maintained, with vibrant businesses and a thriving economy,
where people had a sense of belonging. This is from the
community. The list went on. The report on the response
is a vibrant document which could be a model for many other Tasmanian
only are improvement associations more representative of the
community and its wants than the former progress associations, but
they are close to local government. One of the aims of
Beaconsfield is, and I would like to quote -
develop a main street program that aligns with civic pride and
heritage values through identified improvements; encourage investment
and job creation; enhance the town precinct to become a catalyst for
tourism and economic growth, and develop a strategic plan that
reflects community values, traditions and attitudes and recognises
the partnership between the council and the community.
those of you who heard the Premier's Address yesterday, I talked
about the 40 000 tourists who came to see the Mine &
Heritage Centre. I also talked about Exeter.
And you also talked about the family who saw Brant Webb.
- That is right, that is a funny story. No, it was Todd
Russell. Get your facts right, please.
is another very strong community. Its improvement committee was
formed after a public meeting held by the council in 2012. Nine
committee members were elected, seven of them business operators.
It is chaired by Nigel Birrell who recently won a National Sausage
King title in Adelaide with his beautiful sausages.
committee also includes the council's infrastructure manager, two
councillors and the council's community development officer.
committee's terms of reference are similar to Beaconsfield.
After seeing the good things happening in Beaconsfield and Exeter,
the Beauty Point community established its own improvement committee
and that is still in its early stages. There is an embryonic
group at Greens Beach. At this stage it is called the Greens
Beach advisory group, not the progress association.
improvement groups are a great way to promote community engagement -
to get things done that the whole community wants and to connect, not
only with local government, but also with the other two tiers of
government. They give communities a voice and they give
governments an opportunity to listen.