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New community voices for Gippsland Water

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New community voices for Gippsland Water

From Sale to Drouin as well as the communities of the Latrobe Valley, Gippsland Water’s new Community Consultative Committee held its first meeting last week.

The seven member Committee represent a diverse range of interests and organisations from right across Gippsland Water’s operating area.

Acting General Manager of Customer Service and Communications Mr Nigel Gerreyn said the new Committee marks an exciting opportunity for both the organisation and its customers.

“We have deliberately recruited people who are already actively engaged in the community” said Mr Gerreyn.

“Our hope is that this group can both provide some real feedback to us about how we do our day to day business as well as bring issues to our attention that are raised within their community of interest”, he added.

The Committee represent a range of groups with the community including low income public tenants, Landcare, progress associations and service clubs.

The initial meeting was an opportunity for members to meet each other and also hear an outline of some of their responsibilities while serving on the Committee.

Sale resident and representative of Sale Baptist Church Neville Hirth said that he was looking forward to learning more about Gippsland Water and having input into how it operates.

“I’m keen to have input to ensure money is well spent and not wasted. It’s important that Gippsland Water’s work brings best benefit to the greater number of households.”

The Committee will meet again in October when it will be given a further overview of Gippsland Water’s role in the region and a tour of some of the organisations facilities.

Further meetings will be held quarterly where the Committee will provide advice and input into policy, planning and service delivery by Gippsland Water.

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