Gympie division shows support
GYMPIE regional councillor Jan Watt called a division on Wednesday during a general meeting, she wanted the lie of votes recorded after arguing that the people of the Mary Valley needed to be supported by council.
The councillors were voting on a motion moved by Cr Watt that council ask the State Government to extend funding for human resources in the Valley. Only councillors Tony Perrett and Graham Engeman voted against the motion, which was carried.
Mayor Ron Dyne voted for the motion but before doing so, said he thought the renewal team should be given the opportunity to ask council to speak to the state on behalf of the Mary Valley.
Yesterday Cr Perrett, who is a council representative on the renewal team, said there was no request from the renewal group for council to ask the State Government to extend the resources and he didn’t want to undermine the team’s work.
He said the renewal group formed at the beginning of the year and had held discussions about the future, but was really waiting to see what would happen after the May 31 deadline for the State’s buy-back offer.
Cr Watt said council needed to act now and advocate on behalf of the Valley, before resources were pulled out in May, so someone would be on the ground to implement a renewal plan.