Councils' election anger

GYMPIE Region Mayor Ron Dyne yesterday joined other Queensland council leaders in condemning this week's Bligh Government election announcements, for both state and council polls.

He described as "a bit rude" the announcement by Premier Anna Bligh of a March 24 state poll, forcing a postponement to April 28 of council elections which had been set down for the end of March.

Local Government Association of Queensland president Paul Bell described his reaction as "total disgust".

Cr Dyne said the April election date would mean new councillors would not be able to have their first meeting until May and would immediately be thrown into preparations for council budgets in July.

"Hypothetically, if we get a new Mayor and all new councillors, where is the experience to develop a fairly significant budget?"

Cr Bell said the decision showed the state government saw councils "as some play thing, some toy" and showed "a total disregard for the complexity and depth of things we do in local government".

Cr Bell said he had passed on to the government the anger of other Queensland mayors.

Gympie Times


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