Ron Dyne, Wayne Sachs, Ray Gate, Ian Petersen, Mark McDonald, Tony Perrett, Larry Friske, Julie Walker and Mick Curran.
Ron Dyne, Wayne Sachs, Ray Gate, Ian Petersen, Mark McDonald, Tony Perrett, Larry Friske, Julie Walker and Mick Curran. Renee Pilcher

Council portfolios allocated

DON'T rubbish him, but Southside 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 in an effort to create a more open and accountable local government here in Gympie, each councillor has been assigned a portfolio for the next four years.

Long-serving 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.

"It is a large, contentious issue right through the State Government and council and we need to work closely with State Government ... so we can get that land released and get it back into some sort of production," Mayor Ron Dyne says.

With more sewering of the Southside on the books this term, and the establishment of the Toolara landfill moving closer, Cr Curran will be the go-to councillor on these issues and on other landfills, transfer stations and collection services.

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

Cooloola Coast Cr Mark McDonald's portfolio is major projects and business activities, which includes the proposed 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, which covers 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 planning.

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