Councillors seek guidance

BEFORE the council resumes business for the year, Shellharbour ratepayers will have a chance to say what's important to them in 2014.

Councillors Peter Moran and Kellie Marsh will host a public meeting where residents can voice their opinions on issues affecting them.

Cr Marsh said before the council resumed for 2014, she wanted to hear residents' concerns.

"We're doing this direct consultation with the community - what they do and don't want for the new year, and what's important to them," she said.

Cr Marsh expected the city hub, the affordability of living and rates, and infrastructure and flood management would be hot topics.

She said the meeting would be informal, with question-and-answer opportunities. It will take place on a Sunday afternoon, to accommodate regular council meeting attendees and those often unable to do so.

"We want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly, and what they want from us, as elected representatives, in 2014," she said.

"Without the community, we're nothing.

"We can't be good representatives unless we know exactly what the community wants."

Cr Moran and Cr Marsh have been vocal critics of the $57 million city hub.

"This is not so much a meeting against the hub, but an opportunity, whether opponents or supporters, to find out some of the information about it," Cr Moran said.

"It's always useful to connect with the community, and there are a lot of inter-related issues regarding the hub, such as the proposed sale of the Warilla Library site."

Cr Moran said he would be inviting all of his fellow councillors to attend.

"This is a chance to be able to put your concerns to councillors," he said.

The public meeting will take place at Oak Flats Neighbourhood Centre on Sunday, February 2, from 2pm.

Shellharbour City Council's first meeting of 2014 will be held on February 4.

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