Cr Sue Meehan:
Cr Sue Meehan: "I think there is a place for a committee".

Ballina gallery volunteer committee faces axe from council

A COMMITTEE of volunteers that has helped to grow the Northern Rivers Community Gallery could be discontinued.

Ballina Shire councillors will have a workshop on the issue after a staff report indicated the advisory committee had done its job and was no longer needed.

The committee was formed in September 2009.

Its role was to ensure accessibility, equity and excellence in program content, and to raise community awareness of the gallery.

Members have also been involved in strategic planning, policy-related matters and fundraising.

But the advisory committee has not had a meeting for more than 12 months, and council staff have recommended to councillors that the committee be discontinued, "notwithstanding the significant past contribution of its members".

"It is considered that the Gallery Advisory Committee objectives are being met through various elements of the gallery operations," the report states.

Cr Sue Meehan, who is a member of the committee, welcomed the decision to have a workshop on the matter.

"I think there is a place for a committee," she said.

"But there is a lot that we need to talk about, and it will be good to have a workshop and have these discussions.

"If the community wants a Friends of the Gallery group, I think they should be able to have one.

"People are genuinely interested in our gallery."

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery has 46 volunteers on its books.

Last year volunteers contributed 1800 hours to supporting gallery operations.

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