Cr Stewart: Council's 'secret items' should've been public
THE decision to discuss four items behind closed doors at the last Gympie Regional Council meeting has been questioned by Councillor Dan Stewart.
In a post on his Dan 4 Gympie Facebook page, Cr Stewart said the items only involved budget changes so should have been open to the public.
"The changes were relatively minor, involving shifting money from one place to another," he said.
"It was not like we were drafting a new budget, or even making major changes, that might have caused people profiteering if they knew what was proposed."
He was the lone dissenting voice among all nine councillors when the motion to put them In Committee was made.
"Councillors are so used to simply voting for the motion to go into committee, we do not think about it much," he said.
Along with the controversial increase in the Rattler restoration, which he called "being between a rock and a hard place", he said State Government funding for the Gympie Aerodrome could be shifted due to costing problems.
"(It's) an example where estimated cost for a master plan was greatly underestimated."