AFTER 31 years, the Gosnells District Progress and Ratepayers Association still regard serving the community the highlight of their organisation.
The organisation, which celebrated its 31st anniversary this month, still believe liaising with the community and the local government is paramount to their purpose.
Throughout their history, they have influenced numerous projects, such as a bridge built over the Brixton St wetlands in Beckenham and rallying against a planned bitumen emulsion plant and place of worship in close proximity to residents in Maddington and Kenwick respectively.
President Sandra Baraiolo said the organisation thrived on helping people, addressing their concerns and keeping the council honest.
“I think it’s good the ratepayers association has been going on for a long time because they’ve been involved in a number of significant instances they’ve been able to help residents so I think it’s important ratepayers assoc. are in the City of Gosnells,” she said.
“If the ratepayer has wanted a particular item to be stopped, it’s been a privilege to be able to work with the community, local residents and local councillors to get that objective met.”