Yesterday's Planning Committee meeting was the first for 2012 and one of its last before the election.
Yesterday's Planning Committee meeting was the first for 2012 and one of its last before the election. Renee Pilcher

First council meeting for 2012

THE first Gympie Regional Council meeting of the new year, a committee meeting yesterday, gave councillors one of their last remaining chances to earn the favourable notice of residents.

The council will go to the polls on March 31 and yesterday's Planning and Development Committee meeting prompted chairman Ian Petersen to give colleagues a good natured ribbing about the end of the new amalgamated council's first term of office.

"I wish you all a successful 2012, up to and after the 31st of March," he said.

Following yesterday's meeting, the council will hold its first general meeting of the year next Wednesday.

That meeting might also be one of the present council's last, except for committee meetings also scheduled on February 8, 15 and 22.

Whether there will be any meetings in March, the election month, is as yet unknown.

It is understood councillors are still undecided about whether they should meet while in pre-election caretaker mode, with a suggestion they should consider essential operational issues only.

Councillors this term have had the task of inventing a new merged council out of the former Cooloola and Kilkivan shires and part of the former Tiaro shire.

Amalgamation trauma has meant difficult first terms for many mayors and councillors, with many having announced their intentions to retire.

In contrast, all sitting Gympie councillors have indicated they will be running for office next month.

Gympie Times


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