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Changing of the guard for residents

13 Aug 2013

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After a year at the helm Southbank Resident’s Group’s (SRG) president Michael Smolders and vice-president Barry Janes are stepping down from their roles.

Mr Smolders has had an increase in work commitments, while Mr Janes has moved out of his Southbank apartment.

The pair, both from Freshwater Place, brought great professionalism to the SRG and have achieved much in their 12 months stint.

Mr Smolders said he was particularly proud of what the SRG had achieved in the last 12 months and was sad to leave his post.

“It’s been really enjoyable to be part of the SRG,” Mr Smolders said. “It’s been a very busy year, we’ve spent a lot of time at council meetings on behalf of the Southbank residents.”

He said giving residents a real and valid voice over the year while working with stakeholders on Amendment C171, the metro planning forum and Queensbridge Tower proposal had been really satisfying.

“The metro planning forum really showed the passion of people living in the capital city zone. It showed people love living here, but also have legitimate concerns that governments at both levels need to start listening to,” Mr Smolders said.

“It’s been really pleasing to make good relationships with the new council team, both councillors and officers.”

Mr Smolders said he was keen to maintain a role at the SRG and wanted to continue to help out where he could.

“It doesn’t mean I’m not going to be involved, but the role of president specifically just needs someone who has the time available to them,” Mr Smolders explained.

The SRG’s annual general meeting will be held during October. For more information head to the website www.southbankresidents.com.au or search for Southbank Residents Group on Facebook.

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