Coorong District Council (CDC) ratepayers and concerned parties are being called to gather at the Tailem Bend Town Hall on Wednesday evening.
Members of the Coorong Ratepayers Action Group are holding a meeting to discuss the community wastewater management system, rising rates and the condition of roads in the council area, among whatever else may be raised.
Action Group member Keith Wood said the group isn’t interested in a witch hunt, they just want to gather like-minded ratepayers to voice their concerns.
“We’re not planning an overthrow or anything like that, we just want to get as many ratepayers from around the council region to get together so we can figure out how we can all deal with our council,” he said.
Sandy Douglas said the main aim of the meeting will be to find out what the ratepayers want from the council.
“Once we can figure out what everyone’s concerns are, then we can really get together a few ideas and take them forward,” Ms Douglas said.
The members organising the meeting hope to form committees that can discuss concerns in their respective areas.
“We hope to get this going in as many of our towns as we can, from Meningie to Coonalpyn and everywhere else in-between.
“That way, if we have ratepayer committee groups in all of our towns, we can make sure any issues in our communities can get sorted out and we can discuss issues wider council issues if we were to meet up every three months,” Mr Wood said.
The group wrote to the council, stating that they wish no councillors to attend the meeting.
Mayor Neville Jaensch said he has no opposition to the request.
“Honestly, I see this as a performance review, and if it is run in an open and healthy way it can only be of benefit to council,” Cr Jaensch said.
Both Cr Jaensch and CDC chief executive office Vincent Cammell confirmed they plan to respond to the items raised on the Action Group’s agenda, as well as answering all questions documented on the night.
“We always welcome the questions, but we just want the platform to be able to respond as well,” Mr Cammell said.
The meeting will begin at 7pm on August 23.