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Canterbury ward councillor Clare Raffan wants alternate meetings between Bankstown's Roundhouse and the former Campsie chambers.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | May 30th, 2018

BRINGING Canterbury Bankstown Council meetings back to Campsie would restore the democratic process and bring residents' involvement within reach.
That's the view of Canterbury ward councillor Clare Raffan who has asked for a report into sharing meetings between Bankstown's Roundhouse and the former Campsie chambers.
After amalgamation of Canterbury and Bankstown councils, meetings have been held at the Roundhouse, which was renovated to provide increased councillor space, IT infrastructure and dining facilities. The renovations were also required to comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
Early reports found that the old Campsie chambers was no longer compliant with the BCA, and would require a significant upgrade. The investigations have found that the scope of works required would likely trigger a far more significant upgrade. The council report found that major structural changes would be required to the building, including access upgrades, as well as the installation of IT equipment.
"While I now understand the extensive nature of the compliance issues involved, I am eager to receive the full costings, practicalities and ramifications in a detailed briefing," Cr Raffan said.
"There are residents who can't make the trip to Bankstown and believe their ability to take part in the democratic process had already been taken away, by the forced amalgamations of the former councils."
Cr Raffan says the council is also looking at a number of measures, including live streaming and providing a bus for interested residents.
"With over 360,000 residents, Canterbury Bankstown has a larger population than 63 countries and dependencies," she said. "Finding a way to reach all is a major task."

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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: News | Author: Mark Kirkland | Story ID: 137495 | Viewcount: 2410