Testing divisional waters

Cooloola Cove from the air.
Cooloola Cove from the air.

COOLOOLA Cove resident Jackie Moore believes council divisions are necessary for good governance and thinks many other coastal residents feel the same.

Ms Moore is holding a meeting on March 4 and has invited people who have had a long association with the coast to discuss whether or not forming a steering committee to bring back divisions would havevoter support.

“We are hoping to form some sort of steering committee, but as yet it is very unofficial,” she said yesterday.

Ms Moore said councillors looking after one division each was better for a diverse region such asGympie.

“We really feel we are not getting good representation. Councillors don't understand local issues and that has been voiced by quite a few.”

During the meeting Ms Moore will gauge what the public really think about divisions.

“This really is just to test thewaters,” she said. “To see what people really feel about it.”

If there is enough interest in bringing back a divisional council she envisages forming a committee that can make representations to Gympie Regional Council and thelocal government association.

But Ms Moore said she couldn't speak for everyone.

“I just feel at the moment it's not working well as it could,” she said.

She said candidates for divisions would be voted in by the people of each division, and voters had more access to councillors.

“It just seemed to work better. But like everything there are pros and cons on both sides.”

If the meeting supports a steering committee Ms Moore hopes to hold an open meeting at a later date.

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