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Councillors remove themselves to form independent FCO board

THE council will move to set up an independent board to oversee the operation of Fraser Coast Opportunities.

Currently Mayor Gerard O'Connell is chairman, the council's chief executive Lisa Desmond and three councillors sit on the board with four independent board members.

But at the council's meeting in Hervey Bay on Wednesday seven councillors voted to remove all local government representatives from the board.

"When FCO was set up there was a need for direct council input," Cr O'Connell said.

"Now there is a need to hand the reins over to the board.

"Council will continue to fund FCO, oversee funding, set the strategic objectives and monitor results.

"This decision will give the board and the community the power to make things happen."

Under the review, endorsed by the council at its meeting on Wednesday, investment attraction and economic development will remain a FCO responsibility.

Cr O'Connell said the transition would take a couple of months.

"Council and FCO will have to develop a new funding agreement, a new FCO constitution and set the strategic objectives," he said.

"There has been a lot of change at FCO recently with new managers appointed, an interim general manager overseeing operations until a new general manager is appointed and the expansion of the board to include the portfolio Councillors.

"These latest changes will give the board and FCO staff certainty.

"The organisation has a great future and today's motion shows that Council believes in the organisation's future."

Topics:  board, directors, fraser coast opportunities, fraser coast regional council, tourism




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