City Heart Association could fold

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE Gladstone City Heart Association looks likely to flatline because of lack of support from both its members and Gladstone City Council.

A decision on whether to continue the group will be made at a special meeting on June 8.

Association vice-chairman Darin Dittman said there appeared to be a loss of interest from some members who, besides having to pay a $300 membership fee, were constantly being asked to contribute toward the promotion of the city heart.

'I don't want to pre-empt what the meeting does, but winding down is an option,' he said.

'Also my understanding is that most such associations are funded by their councils ? ours isn't any more so it may be unviable for it to survive.

'But if the group folds, who is going to drive the promotions and the activities as cheaply as we can?'

Yesterday the councils' chief executive officer Julie Reitano said the initial financial assistance given to the association was only intended to be seed funding, helping it while it built up membership.

'The economic viability of the CBD continues to be of importance to council as evidenced by the extensive revitalisation project underway for the CBD,' she said.

'Council will be continuing to explore partnership options for the ongoing vitality of the area.'

The special meeting will be at the Brass Bell Restaurant on June 8 from 12.30pm.



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