Council says there will be no change to meetings

THE council has rejected calls to hold some of its ordinary fortnightly meetings outside of work hours and in outlying areas of the Fraser Coast.

The requests are two that came from members of the audience at last week's rates summit in Maryborough.

People at the summit claimed workers were at a disadvantage because it was difficult for them to attend the meetings which were held at mid-morning on Wednesdays.

People also voiced concerns those in outlying areas of the region were being neglected because meetings were held in Hervey Bay and Maryborough only.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said despite the calls the council was not considering any changes.

"I have not come across a groundswell of support from anyone in the past four or five years from people wanting to change meeting times and locations," he said.

"From past experience I don't think they would be very effective.

"The Maryborough Council used to meet at 7pm and no one ever attended."

Community chats and having councillors visit progress associations, community associations, and chambers of commerce groups had proven more effective.

Cr O'Connell also blamed increased costs as another deterrent.

"There would also be cost involved to move meetings to different locations as files and equipment and staff would have to be available out of normal working hours," he said.



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