Mayor denies winding back Fraser Coast Opportunities
THE Mayor has denied moving the investment attraction manager to the council is the first step to winding back Fraser Coast Opportunities.
The Chronicle asked Mayor Gerard O'Connell if he could guarantee the investment attraction manager would be employed by FCO as it had done since the formation of the organisation.
"We've taken the opportunity, the directors, to have a look at the activity around investment attraction," he said.
"I don't want to pre-empt anything."
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The Chronicle understands the FCO board of directors have short-listed candidates for the position, but are still uncertain on the best way to push the role forward.
"They know the position that they applied for," Cr O'Connell said.
"The board's reserved the right to do some further analysis and to have some further discussion about it - I think that's a good thing."
But Cr O'Connell profusely denies FCO was being bought back to full council control.
"No, no, no - in my opinion I think we have got a great opportunity to make a better work around economic development," he said.
"I don't see it as a coming back. I can see that stronger ties between council and FCO.
"We're just taking our time and taking on some good advice."
Cr O'Connell didn't comment on questions about a higher remuneration required if the investment manager was employed by the council.