Mayor Ron Dyne and Local Government Minister David Crisafulli met for an hour and a half.
Mayor Ron Dyne and Local Government Minister David Crisafulli met for an hour and a half. Renee Pilcher

Minister to re-do council links

LOCAL Government Minister David Crisafulli was fighting a case of the "man flu" when he met with Gympie Regional Council yesterday afternoon.

The former mayor of Townsville spent about an hour and a half in the council chambers discussing issues such as divisions, unmaintained roads, council debt and the Local Government Act before heading down Mary St to sample the local coffee and get a haircut.

The visit was part of the minister's ongoing tour of Queensland councils, where he is working hard to rebuild the relationship between state and local government, which had turned toxic by the end of Labor's term of state government.

Mr Crisafulli and Gympie regional mayor Ron Dyne both agreed the meeting had been a successful and productive one.

Cr Dyne said on the issue of divisions within the Gympie region, Mr Crisafulli had suggested that for accountability's sake the divisions remain, but told the council that if it and the community were passionate enough about the issue they should put it in writing and approach his office.

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