July 2, 2001
Several meetings have been held with council and a relationship is being developed, council's liason officer has encouraged us to make a noise about things we care about. We addressed the issue of responding quickly to calls for us to comment on impending council activity, state legislation etc. Often these requests have very short time-lines, too short to bring to a committee meeting. Often they are for issues which are not controversial within the TSCA, for example commenting on the NSW "Plan First" legislation which in fact takes away power from communities, but which we didn't have time to comment on as a group. We adopted the following procedure. When urgent action is required on one of these items then a response should be prepared and sent to a mailing list which will be set up. This should have a recognizable title, i.e.. "Urgent TSCA Review Required". This list is open to any TSCA member, and will initially be the nucleus (committee). If no objections are received within 24 hours then we can assume that the response is not controversial and it can be submitted as a TSCA response. If any objections are made then we have to assume it is controversial and hold off on the reply. We'll review this procedure and see if its working for us.
Posted at July 2, 2001 12:00 AM
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