Grants may help roads: minister
THE problem of Gympie's 3000km of un-maintained roads will be highlighted with the Local Government Association of Queensland this year and could, in part at least, be tackled through the local government grants program, Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said in Gympie this week.
The issue is one that not just Gympie Regional Council struggles with, but regional local authorities throughout the state, Mr Crisafulli said.
But the Gympie council has been bombarded with complaints and requests from landholders fearing litigation and battling to negotiate un-maintained roads severely eroded in the rain events of the past two years.
Because the roads are "un-maintained" the landowners must meet the costs of any repairs, which can go into the tens of thousands of dollars.
"I am sympathetic to this issue," Mr Crisafulli said.
Also high on the agenda at Tuesday's meeting was the issue of divisions within the Gympie region.
Mayor Ron Dyne said there were members of the council for and members against the divisions which were imposed last year amid some heated public debate.
"The minister can see both sides of the argument," Cr Dyne said.
"He suggested that for accountability's sake that was the way to go, but if we were that passionate about it we should write to him.
"So I guess now we would probably be looking for some guidance on this issue from the community."
On the recent decision by Gympie to scrap its committee system in favour of portfolios, Mr Crisafulli made it clear he favoured the committee system, but added it was a matter of "horses for courses".
"This council was given a pretty strong mandate to continue what it was doing (before the election)," he said.
On the agenda
Local Government Act
Committee systems v portfolios
Rebuilding trust between state and local government