About Us

Our Vision

The Mount Barker and District Residents’ Association Inc, established in 1991, aims to  preserve, promote and further develop the historical, social, cultural and environmental features of the Mt Barker district, its townships and  settlements.

The Association aims to provide an open and public forum for all residents to express their views and concerns on issues relating to their community.

The Association believes in integrated planning, active consultation, communication and engagement between all stakeholders within the district. 

Discussion of issues relevant to the current and future needs of the district and its citizens are critical to ensure transparent, consistent and cost-effective strategies, plans and actions.

Full accountability and transparent decision making is crucial to ensure the district grows and develops to meet the needs of all the community.


The Mt Barker and District Residents’ Association was established in 1991 when several concerned residents formed a small group to discuss issues of concern within their community. Local artist Donald Richardson, Esme Watson and others created the first official association Constitution. This group established the framework objectives which are still in use today.


The objectives for which the Association is established are detailed in the Constitution and listed below:

  • To provide a forum for residents of the Mount Barker District to express their views and interests on matters relating to the physical and social environment of Mount Barker District.

  • To be concerned with preserving and promoting desirable historical, social, environmental and cultural features of the Mount Barker District.

  • To review those activities and policies of public, statutory and private organisation which affect the Mount Barker District.

  • To support and cooperate with other organisations whose aims and activities are compatible with those of the Association.

  • To represent the views and interests of the residents of the Mount Barker District before public, statutory and private organisations on matters which affect the residents of the Mount Barker District.

  • To do any other lawful acts as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of these objects of the Association


How we operate

The Association works in a number of ways to ensure its Constitutional objectives are met. This may include one or more of the following activities:

Regular member’s meetings

These are currently held quarterly in the RSL Hall, Hutchinson St, Mt Barker. The Association thanks the RSL for their generous support. The next  General Meeting will be held on:

Wednesday 13 August 2014 at 7.30pm.
All welcome.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The AGM is held in February each year. The next AGM will be held on:
February 2015 at 7.30pm.

Executive meetings

The Executive meets monthly to ensure Association business is conducted in a timely and effective way. All members are welcome to attend Executive meetings. These are held at the Association’s office: 1 Coral Street, Mt Barker.

Other activities include:

  • Formal submissions to Council in response to community consultation requests

  • Organisation and support of local rallies and peaceful demonstrations

  • Submission of letters, reports and requests to Council about local issues

  • Submissions to the Local Government Association (LGA) and State Government

  • Lobby action where appropriate

Association Executive

Chairperson Dianne van Eck 0412 417774 Dianne.vaneck@dvesolutions.com.au
Secretary Laurence Gellon 8391 0769 gellonl@internode.on.net
Treasurer Douglas McCarty 8391 3285 mccarty@internode.on.net
Public Officer Donald Richardson, OAM 8398 2185 donaldar@ozemail.com.au
Member Carol van der Peet 8391 2010 carolvanderpeet@gmail.com 
Nathan Rogers 8398 4127 nathan.rogers79@bigpond.com  
Member Judy Skewres
8398 7656 stanthepud@gmail.com