Some councillors 'went to jelly’ on FCO

AS COUNCILLORS prepare to lock themselves in a room to fight over Fraser Coast Opportunities, the deputy mayor has accused some of being "jelly legged", and shot down their claims about not knowing what they signed up for.

Councillor Stuart Taylor slammed some councillors for wanting to bring Fraser Coast Opportunities back under the council's control.

"Such an assertion is jelly legged and opportunistic politics rather than positive and empowering governance," he said.

He said he was "very encouraged by the results" FCO had achieved under tough circumstances.

Councillor Phil Truscott said there were plans for councillors to have a robust discussion about it.

"It's just ridiculous," Cr Truscott said.

"We're talking about coming together around a table and having a big fight about it, and coming out united," he said.

Cr Taylor said with the council playing a major funding role, there was always going to be input from councillors.

But he acknowledged the situation had deteriorated and the departure of board members Glen Winney, David Hay and Theresa Craig was bad news.

"The political uncertainty won't help," he said.

Cr Taylor said there were specific councillors causing the problems, but he wasn't sure if they knew the damage they had caused.

"I don't know whether that is their intent to destabilise, but certainly some of the comments are destabilising," he said.

Cr Taylor claims the council was well aware of what they were signing up for after a model review report was given to the council in October 2012.

"On reading the report I understood, as did many of my colleagues, that the investment attraction arm of Fraser Coast Opportunities needed the time and resources to effect growth in this area," he said.

"If councillors adopted a single-minded, dictatorial approach to Fraser Coast Opportunities, then its success would be stifled.

"Further, that a newly established entity would take years to produce outcomes.

"On that basis, I am completely shocked and bemused that anyone that read the initial report and turned their mind to these points could now be critical in this regard."

The remaining FCO directors met on Tuesday and agreed to appoint new directors.

Applications for a two-year term close on August 8.

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