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Budget, rates to top council agenda

Roads, rates, sewering the Southside and building new facilities are some of the jobs to be tackled by the new Gympie Regional Council which comprises (clockwise from top right) Mayor Ron Dyne and councillors Tony Perrett, Ian Petersen, Larry Friske, Rae Gate, Julie Walker, Mark McDonald, Wayne Sachs and Mick Curran.
Roads, rates, sewering the Southside and building new facilities are some of the jobs to be tackled by the new Gympie Regional Council which comprises (clockwise from top right) Mayor Ron Dyne and councillors Tony Perrett, Ian Petersen, Larry Friske, Rae Gate, Julie Walker, Mark McDonald, Wayne Sachs and Mick Curran.

NEW faces - three. Old faces - six. Top priorities - five.

Getting the figures to add up will be the first of a fistful of jobs topping the agenda for the new Gympie Regional Council once it officially clocks on later this month.

With the poll to be declared at 11am today and dates already set for the informalities and formalities leading up to the first official meeting of the council, mayor-elect Ron Dyne yesterday offered up the big issues he believed would shape that first agenda.

The 2012-13 council budget - and rates - would be number one, he said. "The budget will be the first thing that we really need to get our heads around."

The delayed local government election, combined with the looming end of the financial year, meant budget decisions would need to be well under way within the next month.

Members of the new-look council would attend an informal, get-to-know-you meeting at the Town Hall next Monday morning, where they would "sit around and have a chat and get to know each other's hobbies and pursuits and interests", councillor Dyne said yesterday.

This helped to decide which councillors would take on what portfolios and committees.

The statutory meeting of the new council would then take place two days later, where the deputy mayor and committee chairmen would be elected.

"We need to do some induction training so everyone understands the rules and proceedings, and after that we need to start sitting down and thinking about where we are going with the budget."

Issues to be placed front and centre at the general meeting following that would include road maintenance, sewering the Southside, the Tozer Park site and the push for a regional shooting facility at Corella.

Topics:  budget gympie regional council rates

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