Council attending to community’s needs

Apollo Bay chamber of commerce president John Gorman says Colac Otway Shire Council is making inroads to address community dissatisfaction.

An Apollo Bay business leader says Colac Otway Shire Council is responding to the town’s needs, despite a community survey that highlighted resident’s dissatisfaction.

A 2018 Community Satisfaction Report released by the council in July found that Apollo Bay and surrounding residents rated “council lowest on every core measure”.

But Apollo Bay chamber of commerce president John Gorman said the council was making inroads to respond to community dissatisfaction.

“I think that it takes some time to turn around community attitudes,” Mr Gorman said.

He said there had been a “long-standing feeling” that residents did not get value for their rates, with the town’s football ground and netball courts the responsibility of the State Government’s authority Otway Coast Committee.

“We don’t have the sporting ground and parks and that have to be looked after by the shire,” Mr Gorman said.

“Only half the rates that were coming out of the area were being spent back in the area.

“We have long felt that we weren’t getting the input into our community that we felt should be put, but we’ve really felt that’s changed.”

See Wednesday’s Colac Herald for more.

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