Ratepayers give GM a big tick

RICHMOND Valley Council's new general manager, John Walker, has received a tick of approval from the Richmond Valley Ratepayers and Residents' Association.

Association president Mavis Mohammed spoke glowingly about Mr Walker after a face-to-face meeting with the council's new chief to discuss a range of issues, including the association's long-held concerns about the council's willingness to engage with and consult the community.

They also spoke about the adequacy of the council's financial reporting, the association's concerns about the council's use of closed committee to discuss issues, and the association's unsuccessful campaign to date to have public toilets installed in the Casino central business district.

Mrs Mohammed described the meeting as "absolutely fantastic" and said the discussions were frank and open.

"I felt as if we had been really listened to," she said. "It was great."

The association in the past has been highly critical of the council and its senior staff.



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