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YOU ARE INVITED TO THE KPPA 2023 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The KPPA 2023 Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 20 April at 8:00 pm at the Uniting Church, Chisholm Street South Turramurra. Commenarra Ward Councillors, Mayor Jeff Pettett and Councilor Greg Taylor, have accepted our invitation to attend.
KPPA AT A CROSSROADS
This AGM will be the most important in the KPPA’s long history. Because of committee retirements, a completely new team is needed to take charge of the KPPA. At this stage we do not know who will nominate, but if past AGMs are an indication, it is likely that there will be insufficient nominees to legally run the Association. In that case we will have no option but to wind up the KPPA and gift our assets to another community organization.
This will not be an easy decision because the KPPA has been an integral part of South Turramurra for over 70 years. However, declining membership is reducing our annual income to the point that we may no longer be able to pay the cost of our web site. Declining membership has also impacted the Association’s credibility and influence: why should Council respond to an entity that only has 15 paid up members?
KPPA IS SOUTH TURRAMURRA’S ONLY ADVOCATE
The KPPA is the only local community organization that aims to protect the urban character of South Turramurra. This encompasses highlighting issues in local traffic management, objecting to inappropriate development and championing improvements to local infrastructure. The recent construction of a much-needed footpath in Barwon Avenue was a direct result of our representations that found a favourable reception with the newly elected Mayor, Jeff Pettett, and ward councillor Greg Taylor. For the first time in years we have an elected council that has lost its fixation with the Roseville/Lindfield urban centre and is amenable to improving its boundary suburbs.
Future projects that we would like to promote are improvements to the South Turramurra shopping precinct, including re-designing the car park, and the construction of an adult fitness circuit between Aluba oval and the Village Green playground. These projects are unlikely to eventuate without community action: ie the KPPA.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- The KPPA needs a new team with a fresh agenda. Only two of the existing committee are willing to re-nominate for 2023 while a minimum of five members are required to legally run the Association.
- Come to the AGM. Not just out of curiosity, but with a genuine desire to volunteer. We only hold about three committee meetings per year with very little need for commitment in between. Unless, of course, a real ISSUE arises – and that’s where you can make a difference.
- Membership is in dire straits. Annual membership for an entire family costs only $10. This is our only source of revenue and pays for our web site and all our community interaction such as newsletters and surveys. There is a facility on our web site for paying membership by bank transfer or by cheque to the Treasurer.
If you are concerned about this or any other local issue, please email a comment to either the President or the Secretary.