Big projects in new hands

DON'T rubbish him, but councillor Mick Curran will head up all things "waste" under the distribution of portfolios in the new Gympie Regional Council.

With the old committee system scrapped each councillor has been assigned a portfolio for the next four years.

Mary Valley councillor Julie Walker will take care of the Valley and tourism, working with the State Government to fast-track the sale of more than 490 properties bought in the failed Traveston Crossing dam project.

"I think it will give the residents of the Mary Valley, along with people interested in investing in the Mary Valley, a degree of confidence to see that the current government is actually doing something on the ground," Cr Walker said of the government's recent move on the issue.

"For far too long the people of the Mary Valley have been held in limbo, just marking time, till something solid and positive can be done here. We will now wait and see what comes out of this in the ensuing weeks."

With more sewering of the Southside planned, and the Toolara super tip moving closer, Cr Curran will be the go-to man on these issues.

Cr Wayne Sachs will deal with pest management, biodiversity, environmental strategy and environmental services.

Cooloola Coast Cr Mark McDonald's portfolio is major projects and business activities, which includes the new Gympie aquatic centre, the Civic Centre, saleyards, the Kybong airport, The Pavilion and pensioner units.

Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett has taken on the weighty portfolio of governance and economic development, which incorporates organisational development, finance, corporate services, customer service, industry development and the region's economic development strategy.

Cr Rae Gate will handle the region's social wellbeing portfolio, which includes community services, community development, community facilities, parks and sportsgrounds, recreation planning, libraries, cultural services and local laws.

Cr Larry Friske will continue to oversee works and infrastructure, roads, drainage, water, sewerage, engineering design and traffic, and Cr Ian Petersen will maintain his role in planning and development, incorporating strategic land-use planning, statutory planning, building approvals and compliance, sustainable towns program, urban design and streetscapes.

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