Meet and greet sessions a chance to express concerns to Elliston councillors

FORUMS: Elliston mayor Malcolm Hancock is hoping to see communities members get to the forums at Elliston, Port Kenny and Lock.

FORUMS: Elliston mayor Malcolm Hancock is hoping to see communities members get to the forums at Elliston, Port Kenny and Lock.

The Elliston District Council will be hosting three meet and greet sessions with communities across the district during March.

The forums are being hosted to give community members an opportunity to come together with councillors and express concerns about issues they may have, or make suggestions for consideration.

Sessions will be hosted at Elliston, Port Kenny and Lock, following on from the initial meet and greets in 2019.

The first session will take place at the Elliston Hotel on Tuesday, March 10, followed by the Port Kenny session at the Port Kenny Hotel on Wednesday, March 18, and a final forum at the Lock Hotel on Tuesday, March 24.

All three meet and greet sessions start at 6pm.

Elliston mayor Malcolm Hancock, who said the cost of the sessions was "coming out of my allowance", noted the forums were a chance for communities to meet with councillors in an informal setting.

"As mayor I decided it was a good opportunity for council and locals to get together and we encourage them to come and talk about issues pertaining to their area," he said.

"Council will then make a list, go back and look at what is raised in budget preparation for the next financial year.

"The forum we have with local government is people sit in the chamber and ask a question, but nobody really does it - so we can get people to come along here where they can share concerns, complaints or positive notes in a relaxed forum."

Mr Hancock said the first series of sessions in 2019 were informative for the council, although came too late for 2019-20 budget consideration.

He hopes these forums will get the same response.

"I think it is worthwhile and we want people to come along," he said.

"Last year at Lock we had 90 people and the place was absolutely full - and it is also putting money into a business in the local area."