Amalgamation raised in private

THE issue of amalgamation and resource sharing between Gladstone City and Calliope Shire Council has again appeared on the agenda, but behind closed doors.

Gladstone tabled an agenda item during confidential session at its meeting last week on the Size, Shape and Sustainability conference, of which the issue of amalgamation and resource sharing was a key topic.

Gladstone mayor Peter Corones said the item was considered confidential because of the chance open discussion could prejudice discussions between the two councils. The issue of the council hearing too many items in confidential was brought up last year, with several councillors voicing their concern at the practice.

However Cr Corones said contractual discussions required the item to be discussed behind closed doors and the council was now "very very fussy'' about what they discussed during confidential session.

Speaking at the Size, Shape and Sustainability conference late last month, Cr Corones told The Observer amalgamation remained a possibility.

"I'll be certainly promoting it (the possibility of amalgamation),'' Cr Corones said.

"I'll be certainly pushing for that, for the better of the whole region, that we sit down and see how we can better work together, better than we do now.''

The suggestion was dismissed however by Calliope Shire Council mayor George Creed.



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