UPDATE (Thursday 3.10PM): IT'S the controversial report that found alleged issues of micromanagement, overworking, disrespect and harassment inside the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

And it's the document that tipped deputy mayor George Seymour to change his mind on former chief executive Lisa Desmond's employment.


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His actions at the confidential meeting on February 6 raised eyebrows, where he voted in favour of terminating Ms Desmond's employment in a 7-4 vote - despite previously railing against the mayor during a failed dismissal attempt against Ms Desmond in December 2016.

With parts of the review leaked to local media, Cr Seymour said it was the contents of that review that partly influenced his decision on the earlier vote.

"My decisions on votes are made from a whole totality of information," he said.

"The report and a whole range of issues, like looking at the governance and the best interest of the organisation, influenced me at the meeting.

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"At any one time, I make decisions on what is in the best interests of the community and the organisations at the time.

"So when things change, your opinion should change."

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During a fiery debate over the report at Wednesday's meeting, council's executive team confirmed consulting group CPEM had received two further contracts after their work on the review, which other councillors had not been briefed on.

Cr Seymour raised questions over why other councillors weren't told of the group receiving extra consultation.

"We discussed they were engaged to do that (the report)...this is the first time we've been told that they've received two new contracts," he said

EARLIER: IT'S a controversial operational review of the Fraser Coast Regional Council that was meant to be under lock and key with staff.

But it's been leaked to local media - catching the mayor and councillors by surprise.

And yesterday it was anyone's guess who leaked it.

A copy of the Organisational Review and Development Plan obtained by ABC Wide Bay lists the explosive details of the review, including claims of "disrespect and harassment, lack of appreciation, and a general lack of ability of (council) management".

Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting, Maryborough Chambers -
Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting, Maryborough Chambers - Valerie Horton

"The report quotes some staff as stating 'We all walk on eggshells around here. The manner in which some co-ordinators and management speak to ground level staff is inappropriate, degrading and unacceptable.'

"(The findings) go further to attribute a 'significant risk around psychological safety across the organisation' ... 'councillor behaviour of in-fighting, political game playing' and 'unsustainable resourcing pressures.'"

"But the report also states that staff within Ms Desmond's office rated her very highly as a leader, and quotes some staff as stating 'the CEO is willing to listen and will support you'.

Fraser Coast mayor Chris Loft said 49 recommendations "to move forward and maximise the organisation's culture and workforce" had emerged from the review.

"I believe staff has been encouraged by the review and delivery of the recommendations to move forward," he said.

"A project team comprising of staff from all levels and an independent facilitator will drive implementation of the recommendations.

"Council will determine what will be released, taking into account the information ... relates to staffing issues."

But it wasn't as encouraging at yesterday's council meeting, where Cr Stuart Taylor moved a motion that "any external engagement in progressing the recommendations be determined by council resolution".

It was carried 6-5, with Crs Loft, Hansen, Maddern, Light and Chapman voting against.

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