September 3, 2001
Council Submission policy
We discussed our policy regarding making submissions on council policy. We are still backing the procedure agreed at the last meeting. We identified two levels at which we would engage with council. The first level is where we are just putting up our hand to be counted, it would only be on issues where there was no objection (in other words we can be pretty sure that there is consensus) and involvement would be limited to making a submission, an example of this is the letter submitted in support of council's exnibited draft policy on Genetically Modified Crops, and asking for it to go further. While in time-critical situations this could happen just in email, the email must ENCOURAGE people to object. The second level is where it is something we care deeply about, it would have to come to a committee or general meeting to be discussed, and involvement could involve letter writing, meetings, calls, lobbying councillors etc. An example of this would be the letter and petition on weed spraying which was passed at the last General Meeting.
Posted at September 3, 2001 12:00 AM
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