Growing unrest in Yelarbon is a result of community leaders unwilling to cooperate, culminating in a petition to make their silos artwork reflect the towns rich history.
In August last year a rift in the Yelarbon community started with the a hostile meeting aimed squarely at railroading the silo painting project. The community was left shattered when 40 community members engaged in a 2 hour debate of meeting procedure.
Goondiwindi Regional Council (GRC) established the community committee in July 2015. While the community has benefitted greatly from this committee, it was left to its own devices.
While GRC continues to obfuscate their responsibility to this community, residents are forced to start petitions to get their voices heard. The time has past for the council to accept responsibility for their inaction.
“Meaningful consultation is all that is being asked for, but even that seems out of the reaches for community members” Mr Richters said.
No one is debating that the proposed artwork is lacking artistic flair. Concerned residents simply want more local meaning in the artwork elements. This could be achieved by making small adjustments to the backdrop to reflect the towns history more closely. Councils reaction is to give the township an ultimatum of “take what you get or leave it”.
“I am pleased to put my signature to the petition for their voices to be heard. I don’t think it is too much for the community to be consulted in such an important project in this proud township”.
You can also sign this petition at the Yelarbon General Store.