Donald Maughan, president, Suffolk Park Progress Association
The Suffolk Park community came together in an impressive show of unity in November last year to protest the sale of their last remaining open space and sportsfield. Collectively they took on the education department and won. Now, through the council, they own this land.
That was a great start. Now the Suffolk Park Progress Association wants to gather the community’s ideas for the future development of their newly acquired parkland.
The SPPA is holding its annual community budget planning meetings on February 21 to develop recommendations to present to Council for allocation of Section 94 funds in the financial year 2017–18. There will be two meetings, the first at 10am at the Suffolk Park pub and the second at 7pm at the Suffolk Park community hall. Both meetings should last approximately one hour. Coogera Preschool is also coordinating a meeting time for young Suffolk families to have their say.
Last year more than 160 community members attended these meetings to help develop the plan for the future of the village.
If a community wants to create and control its future it needs to get involved and speak up. SPPA urges people not to stand back and complain but to come to one of the public meetings and help shape the future of their community.