Victor Harbor Community Action Group stand up for the community

PROFESSIONAL TEAM: The VHCAG committee consists of - back: Bob Bache, Warwick Westlake, John Woite, Lance Lebrandi. Front: Sue McGrath, David Kemp, Barry Wright and Jean McGough.
PROFESSIONAL TEAM: The VHCAG committee consists of - back: Bob Bache, Warwick Westlake, John Woite, Lance Lebrandi. Front: Sue McGrath, David Kemp, Barry Wright and Jean McGough.

The Victor Harbor Community Action Group was formed in May, 2016 and has made an immediate impact in the community.

The group has currently 45 members, but is proud to stand and be a voice for the community on minor or major council issues.

Chair of the Victor Harbor Community Action Group (VHCAG) Barry Wright said the group is a conduit between the community and council.

“We recommend anybody with an issue to go to council first, but our motto is about working together. We have a good working relationship with elected members, some better than others,” Mr Wright said.

The VHCAG has been instrumental in raising awareness and profile of key issues in the community which has gone to consultation. They include the horse drawn tram and elector representation review, which had more than 700 ratepayers take part.

“We really strive to get people informed and involved and facilitate people to have a say. As a group we have initiated five open discussion forums, which have included flooding and infrastructure issues we encountered 12 months ago and zoning in the district,” Mr Wright said.

“What has been missing in the community is passing on the full story and simplifying what is happening at   council. We give information on key issues. We do a lot of research and we pass this onto the community.”

VHCAG member David Kemp said infrastructure was the foundation of the community and is disappointed it is not fully funded.

“We know infrastructure is not fully funded and the answer we get and how it could be, was that council would have to raise rates. This is not a good enough answer, as all ratepayers deserve better infrastructure in our council area,” Mr Kemp said.

Another hot topic at present is the proposed arts precinct and its cost to the community. “We need to have a choice of options,” Mr Kemp said.

The group works with not just local government, but local MP’s and sees in the short term, issues such as the development of Aldi and traffic management at the site, Sculptures by the Sea and Aquatic Centre costs impacting on the community.

To inquire on the VHCAG contact Jean McGough on 0449 570 445,