I live in a small rural area that has a local residents and ratepayers association. This association is a registered incorporated body with a membership list. Not all local residents and ratepayers choose to sign up with the organisation, yet are still very active members of the local community at large. The Local Council have been using this organisation to liaise with the residents on a broad range of issues which affect all residents and ratepayers (including non-members of the local organisation ), e.g.: road access, weed control and general community development. As relevant topics are then discussed at the organisation's meetings, non-members are excluded from the discussions and are mostly unaware of the outcomes until policy decisions have either already been made or are being voted on at a council level. Can the Council legally use this information in its decision-making process (having used it to gauge local feelings on various issues), without having included non-organisation members, or is it discrimination? Is the Council legally required to inform all of the locals of the discussions and allow all an equal input?