In my opinion the draft Constitution is generally logical and supportive of the objectives of the Association.
However I think the Membership clause requires some revision. Keep in mind that it is a Ratepayers association.
The Draft proposes:-
5. Membership of Association
Membership of the Association shall be restricted to:
a. Residents of the Territory.
b. Persons who pay rates in respect of property situated in the Territory and spouses/partners of such persons.
c. Persons not included in either (a) or (b) above but who have interests in the Territory and have the approval of the Association by the Public Officer.
My concerns include:-
a. Residents of the Territory - Are we suggesting any person (regardless of age ie a 5yr old child) who currently resides within the Territory is eligible for membership? I suggest we at least consider an age limit. - And perhaps a minimum period of residency ie 6 months?
c....Literally any person approved by the Public Officer. - Are we really sure this is a good idea? I suggest this creates a potential for improper voter stacking. It might be more democratic to have the Public officer propose membership of an outside interested party and have the membership ratified at a general meeting.