News

Meeting changes proposal rejected

Cr Ian Petersen.
Cr Ian Petersen.

AN ATTEMPT to make more Gympie Regional Council meetings open to public and media scrutiny was rejected by all but two councillors this week.

Councillor Ian Petersen found little support for his plan to hold two general meetings a month instead of one every three weeks.

"The format will be an initial meeting to make recommendations followed by a general meeting to endorse the recommendations of the previous fortnight's meeting," he said.

Cr Rae Gate seconded the motion.

Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett foreshadowed an opposing motion that the council's meeting schedule stay the same, arguing that Cr Petersen's suggestion would delay council decisions by two weeks.

"I am happy to endorse the current process," Cr Perrett said.

"I believe the portfolio system is working well and the meeting cycle is appropriate.

"We need to make decisions on the day and be decisive and we need to demonstrate that to the community."

Cr Petersen said his proposal would avoid the situation where decisions were given immediate force and would allow disputed decisions to be sorted out before the lawyers were brought in.

"This would result in potentially significant savings for council and for the proponent," he said.

"It would also be a step towards demonstrating that the decision making process is open and transparent.

"One would expect that this cycle would be no more staff time intensive.

"In any event, it is difficult to see how the claimed savings in staff time translate into dollars saved."

Mayor Ron Dyne said he did not believe the council had a problem with openness and accountability and said "one more meeting is not going to build that up".

"In the last four years you could count on one hand the number of times we have had to go back and change a development decision," he said.

"I don't agree we need to have additional meetings at this stage. If an increase in development applications occurs then we can accommodate that with extra meetings."

Gympie Times

Topics:  gympie regional council


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Bribie Island Rd blocked both ways after crash

News

Steer clear of Bribie Island road.

Lions to tame the restructured 2017 competition

BIG WIN: Kody Morgan-Bourke attempts a bork against Caloundra on Saturday.

Lions to tame the restructured 2017 competition

Suspicious bird deaths point to poisoning

MURDER!: Rhys Walker is concerned about native wildlife being poisoned after he found multiple dead birds.

Suspicious bird deaths point to poisoning

Latest deals and offers

Joy ride ends with tyre spikes

A 33-year-old Kallangur man has been charged with a number offences after allegedly being caught driving dangerously in Narangba last night.

Bribie Island Rd blocked both ways after crash

News

Steer clear of Bribie Island road.

Lions to tame the restructured 2017 competition

BIG WIN: Kody Morgan-Bourke attempts a bork against Caloundra on Saturday.

Lions to tame the restructured 2017 competition

Suspicious bird deaths point to poisoning

MURDER!: Rhys Walker is concerned about native wildlife being poisoned after he found multiple dead birds.

Suspicious bird deaths point to poisoning

No jail time for former teacher caught with child porn

The 44-year-old had 4444 images some involving sadism, bestiality

Die-hard fan's 34 magic Gympie Muster years

STICK AROUND FOR A BEER: Mal Williams has been at every Gympie Muster for 34 years.

Mal Williams has only missed one Muster in 35 years - the first one

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

Kooza takes circus-goers back to Cirque Du Soleil's roots

The high wire act as featured in Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza.

NEW show puts the skills of the performers front and centre.

Branson "amazed" he's still alive after cycling crash

Branson saw "his life flash before my eyes" during a bike crash

Reality TV show "turned our special day into a joke"

UNHAPPY: Maryborough couple Emma and Steven Dilliway who star on Australia's Cheapest Wedding and are not happy with the outcome.

Reality television helped turn this wedding into an internet joke

John Krasinski has better sex now he's in good shape

John Krasinski says there's at least one good reason to get jacked

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa