New constitution for civic association

Rosebank Mowbray Civic Association chairman Jonathan Hobday.

The Rosebank Mowbray Civic Association adopted its new constitution at its annual general meeting this week.

The document has been two years in the making.

The association also introduced its new logo at the meeting on Tuesday October 23 at the St George’s Grammar School.

Chairman Jonathan Hobday said they had taken the association’s 20-year-old constitution and modernised it.

There were no major changes, he said, but the new document covered the association’s legal status, its area of operation had been clearly defined and the financial year had been changed.

The new logo was introduced by Belisa Rodrigues, from the Rosebank and Mowbray planning and aesthetics committee. She outlined plans to raise the association’s profile among both young and old and said the Mowbray Town Hall had to be reclaimed as a community hub and meetings such as the AGM, should be held there.

In his chairman’s report, Mr Hobday said the association had spent a lot of time this year upgrading its communications system and modernising the constitution. Civic associations and neighbourhood watches were still very necessary even though two special ratings areas had been established in the area, he said. “We are fortunate to have them in place. However, the need for active and independent community organisations remains essential to ensuring that the community has a voice in civic and safety matters.”

The association elected 14 members to serve on the exco.