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Future of "Friends of Erskineville"

posted 7 Aug 2013, 04:01 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 7 Aug 2013, 04:05 ]

7 August, 2013

Dear Fellow Resident

I am writing to you in relation to the ongoing activities of the Friends of Erskineville (FOE).

FOE is a voluntary organization that has served the community for the past number of years. It comprises up to 10 committee members, including office holders, and has assisted the community with representations concerning the Ashmore Precinct development; parking and traffic matters; development applications affecting resident properties; matters concerning the community garden; matters concerning the Department of Housing; representations to Councilors of the City of Sydney and State government Ministers relating to various issues including the state of public transport infrastructure affecting the suburb,


For a variety of reasons some committee members, including myself, are unable to continue serving the organization and the community, and those people will stand down at the FOE Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 4 September, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Erskineville Town Hall.


For some time it has been a concern of the present committee that residents have not attended meetings, and whilst there are numerous calls on the time and effort of committee members, there does not appear to have been the necessary support to ensure an ongoing operation – both physically and financially. Hence there is a need for residents to become more involved and to that end for residents to attend the Annual General Meeting and to nominate to serve on the committee. Nomination Forms are available on the bottom of this post and will been distributed with the call of the Annual General Meeting and associated documentation.


If the circumstance arises that there is insufficient nominees for both office holders and committee members at next month’s AGM, then regretfully the committee will have no alternative but to proceed to wind up the organization and distribute surplus funds as required by the FOE Constitution.


I believe there has been no doubt that FOE has assisted the community in many ways over recent years, and there is a need for a community based organization that represents the community interest. For me personally, serving as President of FOE has been a most rewarding privilege and experience.


The ongoing issues of parking and traffic, continued development of the Ashmore Precinct, and now the proposed State government plan to construct apartment buildings above the rail line from Central through to Macdonaldtown, will all require vital community consultation and input in the time ahead – and that consultation and input is a role that FOE can and should lead – as it has in the past – for and on behalf of the Erskineville community.


I urge you to give this matter serious consideration and on 4 September become a part of FOE and give to our community.


Yours sincerely 

Mike Hatton OAM


Friends of Erskineville,
7 Aug 2013, 04:02
Friends of Erskineville,
7 Aug 2013, 04:04