Knox Ratepayers Association Meeting information

Knox Ratepayers Association public meeting

Where:   Ferntree Gully Bowling Club,
Glenfern Road FTY Melways Map 74  A—5

Date:   Saturday 8 September 2018
Time:   10:00am to 11:00am

Claudine Evans via email address secretary@knoxratepayers.com

Knox Ratepayers Association public meeting

Where:   Ferntree Gully Bowling Club,
Glenfern Road FTG Melways Map 74  A—5

Date:   Saturday 4 August 2018
Time:   10:00am to 11:00am

Claudine Evans via email address secretary@knoxratepayers.com

Knox Ratepayers Association public meeting

Where:   Ferntree Gully Bowling Club,
Glenfern Road FTG Melways Map 74  A—5

Please feel free to join us at our next meeting on Saturday 7 July 2018.

If you would like a copy of the Agenda or our membership form please contact the secretary Claudine Evans via email address secretary@knoxratepayers.com

Membership fees = $10.00

Knox Ratepayers Association public meeting

We are meeting on 2 June 2018 and you are welcome to join us.

Are you aware of the Boronia Renewal Project? Did you know your Residential Waste charge will rise from $152 to $183? Do you have an interest in changes to the Local Government Act currently under review?

Come along and we can discuss these matters and let our local councillors know your concerns.

Please contact Claudine Evans secretary@knoxratepayers.com for more details.

Knox Ratepayers Association public 21 April  2018 meeting

Where:   Ferntree Gully Bowling Club,
Glenfern Road FTG Melways Map 74  A—5

Come along and discuss matters in regards to your rates, planning and development of Knox.

Please contact Claudine Evans secretary@knoxratepayers.com for more details.

Knox Ratepayers Association public 3 March  2018 meeting

Where:   Ferntree Gully Bowling Club,
Glenfern Road FTG Melways Map 74  A—5

Come along and discuss matters in regards to your rates, planning and development of Knox.

Please contact Claudine Evans secretary@knoxratepayers.com for more details.

Knox Ratepayers Association public 3 February 2018  meeting

Where:   Ferntree Gully Bowling Club,
Glenfern Road FTG Melways Map 74  A—5

Come along and discuss matters in regards to your rates, planning and development of Knox.

Please contact Claudine Evans secretary@knoxratepayers.com for more details.

Knox ratepayers Assoc public meeting

Where:   Ferntree Gully Bowling Club,
Glenfern Road FTG Melways Map 74  A—5

When:  Saturday 25th of November 2017
Starting at 10am Sharp.

All welcome.

Working with the Local Government Inspectorate
Revised Rate Capping Guidance 2017-18
Presentation/Workshop tailor-made to Ratepayers Victoria

Where:   Knox Council Offices, 511 Burwood Hwy,
Wantirna South VIC 3152

When:  Saturday 4 March 2016
1PM-4PM   Starting at 1PM Sharp.

Rates have been capped at 2.0% for 2017-2018 and Essential Services Commission has held workshops with councils about process and what is required for any cap variation. The workshop will provide an understanding of the expectations the Commission has of councils when they apply for a higher cap. Of particular interest is the requirement for legitimate consultation.

Complaints to the Inspectorate are many times rejected causing much frustration to ratepayers and residents.  The IBAC presentation will be customized to this issue and you will have a better view of how to use the inspectorate to insure results.

These presentations will make it easier to monitor the performance of councils and help take corrective actions and get results when necessary.

DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! Reserve your place for this conference
Email: ratepayersvictoria@outlook.com
Seating is limited so make sure to RSVP B4 25.2.16
Ratepayers Victoria, inc. (A004092M)

Thursday 10 November 2016
Here is the link to Ratepayers Victoria Association’s updated Executive Team following the recent AGM for your information.
Congratulations to Chan Cheah for becoming the current President. We are positive your energy will be a tremendous asset for RPA.
Listed as well are 6 strategic wins, which makes good reading.
Please click here.

Saturday 22 October 2016
Knox Ratepayers have spoken with a new candidate for Knox Council Elections in the Dinsdale Ward on the 22nd October 2016, Robert Williams and consider that he is a highly suitable candidate. His policies fit into the principles of the Knox Ratepayers Charter and as such KRA does endorse Robert and KRA wishes him well in the coming elections.

Friday 14 October 2016
Knox Ratepayers have interviewed two candidates who are standing for Knox Council Elections in the Tirhatuan Ward  on the 22nd October 2016, Nicole Seymour and Hyma Vulpala and consider that both of them are appropriate  candidates. The policies  of both these candidates fit into the principles of the Knox Ratepayers Charter and as such KRA does endorse them both.
KRA wish them both well in the coming elections.

Wednesday 12 October 2016
Upcoming Knox Council Elections – Click on the following to see which candidates are recommended by Ratepayers Victoria.

October Elections – RPV Recommendations

Monday 30th November 2015 – Rate Capping Bill Passed
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The rate capping bill was passed on Friday 27th November. This is a great first win for all Victorian ratepayers this year. This policy will now become law under the current LG Act arrangement and will continue in the next version of the LG Act when it will be reformed before the next state election. Well done everyone for supporting this policy to go ahead. A small win, but a major first milestone for ratepayers achieving  the first benefit from LG reforms.

Ratepayers have to be more diligent now, as there will be strong resistance by Councils who will be collectively resolved to apply for rate variations. They will artfully maneuver community engagement to  “visibly” claim rate raises are wanted by their communities for more/new services and facilities. We have already seen evidence of change responding tactics emerging before the bill was passed – see. Since we posted that blog, we heard from our ratepayers networks that more cities are activating similar activities.  Councils cannot just lure their communities into wanting more and new facilities and services without going through the appropriate policy compliance requirements, and call such maneuvered community engagement activities policy compliant, in order to warrant a case for varying rates.

In the new year, RV will shared information about the proper compliant procedures that councils have to demonstrate to indicate a quality community engagement has been exercised to support their cases for capped rate variation. Wait for more information about this in the new year. In the meantime, keep close watch on your councils about community engagement matters and other participatory budget activities to foster/support varying away from capped rates.

The rate capping policy win is a great Christmas present for ratepayers. We gratefully thank Minister Hutchins and her crew, ESC and LGV for making this happen. We also like to extend our appreciation to the opposition Shadow LG Minister Davis and other MPS, who put aside their political differences in the interest of all Victorian ratepayers first, and supported the bill to be passed.

Ratepayers Victoria Update – 12 October 2015

Knox Ratepayers Association have a representative on the committee of Ratepayers Victoria Incorporated (RPV).

To you the ratepayers of Knox, we will keep you up to date with the latest from Ratepayers Victoria Inc. (RPV).

RPV have organised a Seminar of all Ratepayer groups from around Victoria to be held at the Mulgrave Club on Saturday 14th November 2015 at 10.00am. This is a first for Ratepayers Victoria.

The Local Government minister, Natalie Hutchins, has accepted the invitation to be a guest speaker at the Seminar. Spokesperson from RPV, Dr. Chan Cheah, is organising the speakers for the Seminar.

One very interesting speaker is the new CEO, Carl Cowie, from Mornington Council. Carl commenced employment at Mornington last December and previously, was employed in the private sector. In this time he has made changes that have saved Mornington Ratepayers several million dollars. He has moved on surplus staff and has gone out to the private sector to acquire Council insurance saving some $700,000. In recent times it has been noted that 6 or 7 local councils in Victoria have advertised for CEOs from within the private sector. RPV hope this trend continues at other councils in Victoria. I am sure the Minister will be interested to hear Carl speak as to how he has made these changes in such a short time and to have saved ratepayers so much money.

RPV are working with this Local Government to assist them to implement the election promise to cap rates. Huge council rate increases have been going on all too long and it is great to see this government put the brakes on these huge increases.

 

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