CAVA urges volunteers to rally at Obama Plaza

RCDC Chairman Mr John Lupton
North Tipperary’s Community and Voluntary Association (CAVA) is urging all voluntary organisations and civic groups in North Tipperary to rally at its forthcoming Annual Meeting.

North Tipperary’s Community and Voluntary Association (CAVA) is urging all voluntary organisations and civic groups in North Tipperary to rally at its forthcoming Annual Meeting.

The public is invited to discuss the future of North Tipperary on Wednesday, January 14th, at 7.30pm in the Obama Plaza, Moneygall.

CAVA supports various bodies and committees such as North Tipperary Development Board, Strategic Policy Committees, and Tipperary LEADER. Membership is open to everyone involved in local community and voluntary group activity. The changes in local government in Tipperary mean that CAVA will now liaise with the local authorities through new so-called “Public Participating Network Structures” or PPNs. The concern is that CAVA, and local groups could lose out under the new regime, said John Lupton, of Roscrea’s Community Development Council (RCDC).

“CAVA was recognised as a nominating body for community and voluntary participation on committees of, or under the control of, the local authority. This latter role has now been taken over by the new PPN structure.”

“However, CAVA continues to nominate community and voluntary representatives to bodies who are not controlled by the local authority. Among CAVA’s objectives are to create and support representative community development Councils/Associations, which are much more relevant now that the Town Councils have all been abolished and that Electoral Areas are much bigger and have been incorporated into Municipal Districts.”

The day-to-day work of CAVA is carried out by an Executive Committee who had been supported by a very committed Development Worker Noirín Leamy. “However now as the government has set up the PPN structure, state funding which had paid the Development Worker now goes to the PPN structure which has taken over the nominating function of CAVA,” added Mr Lupton.

Full story on page 6 of thi s week’s Tipperary Star.