Councillor jobs on the line now
IT MAY not quite be of the love-hate variety but there's an edge to the relationship between the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce and the Fraser Coast council.
Mayor Mick Kruger was at Maryborough RSL yesterday morning for the Chamber's annual general meeting where president Lance Stone marked the occasion by throwing the Chamber gauntlet at the feet of elected representatives.
Reviewing the progress of business in the Heritage City during the year, Mr Stone focused on the Northern Energy proposal to mine coking coal at Aldershot.
“I know some councillors who have said they are yet to be convinced there will be 100 jobs and a $20 million injection into the town's economy,” he said.
Mr Kruger interjected to say those comments hadn't come from him, acknowledged by Mr Stone – who continued.
“Sitting on the fence is not acceptable,” he said.
“Councillors should be on notice that their jobs are on the line not from March or November next year, but from today.
“We want our public representatives to make this region better than what it is, not stay around just to get re-elected in two years' time.”
He remained upbeat, however, commending the councillors who are “driven”.
“As a chamber we want to work with the council, not against the council,” he said.
“We need sustainable, progressive economic development.
“There has been a lot of hard work in the last 12 months and I think what has been done has been underpinned by success.
“There is still more work to be done, still things to do.
“The council is involved on an operational level.”
Yesterday's AGM saw long-serving secretary Shona Mulholland and treasurer Jenny Ferriere step down.
The latter position was filled by Gary Jensen but the executive will have to find a replacement for Ms Mulholland after no nominations for the position were entered.
Mr Stone stays on as president, with David Dwyer still vice-president. John Ward returned to the committee and Clay Clayton was also voted on to the committee.