QUEANBEYAN City Council's changes to the time and place for its community meetings has been met with mixed reactions from local groups.
Previously one community meeting was held in Queanbeyan around 5.30pm for Queanbeyan and Carwoola residents.
Another meeting was held in Jerrabomberra for Jerrabomberra residents also around 5.30 to 6pm and a third in Fernleigh Park/Royalla at 6pm.
The council moved to hold one meeting in Queanbeyan for the residents of all three areas at 7pm and maintian the separate Ferneligh/Royalla meeting to be held at 6pm.
These will continue to be scheduled around March/April and October/November each year.
A Jerrabomberra Residents Association spokesperson said they were pleased the time had changed but not the location.
"We're happy about the meeting time, it's something we've been asking for a long time but we're a little disappointed it is to being held in Queanbeyan only, it would've been good to be shared between the two.
"We do recognise it's easier to access Queanbeyan with Edwin Land Parkway now being open."
Mayor Tim Overall said having one meeting would allow residents from either localities to reach an understanding of the wider needs across the city.
In the motion proposal he wrote, "It is far too easy for one group to focus on their particular needs with no appreciation of the demands placed on council across the city for a range of infrastructure and services".
Carwoola Community Association treasurer Lynton Bond said residents preferred a separate meeting restricted to the Queanbeyan/Carwoola communities.
"Previously residents who did attend the council's community meetings said they felt their voice was drowned out ... ," he said.
"Of course this is probably because other areas of the region have a larger population and more representation than the Carwoola community."
The JRA spokesperson also felt having separate meetings was more beneficial.
"We feel a meeting in Jerrabomberra would focus on Jerrabomberra issues and we suspect it would be the same in Queanbeyan, not to say we're not interested in Queanbeyan issues," they said.
"Some issues are not completely relevant or directly affect us. We also suspect there might not be enough time for full engagement and consultation."
Cr Overall added the last minute motion to the September Ordinary Meeting being mindful council were due to hold a meeting very soon.
Cr Brian Brown had pushed for the motion to be deferred for more community consultation but the amendment was not supported.
The JRA spokesperson said they would've like more community consultation on the issue before it was passed.
"There was a lot of feedback at the 'Meet the Candidates' night criticising council about their lack of community consultation and it's a taken the mayor a month to use that feedback," they said.
"It would've been helpful to have more input and justify whether the meeting should be held in Jerrabomberra or Queanbeyan or a combination."
The next community meetings will be held at the Queanbeyan City Council chambers on Wednesday, November 7 at 7pm and at Fernleigh Park Community Hall on Wednesday, November 21 at 6pm.