Collaboration blueprint funded
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CALLIOPE Shire Council has welcomed funding to create a blueprint for collaboration between councils.
Calliope mayor George Creed said by her action the Queensland minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women, Desley Boyle, had endorsed the attitude taken by his council and the Port Curtis Alliance of Councils both of which believe collaboration between local governments was a better solution than forced amalgamation.
Delegates at the 109th Local Government Association of Queensland annual conference in Brisbane heard funds would be allocated to the association to begin work on the blueprint to assist councils and their communities to become more sustainable.
LGAQ executive director Greg Hallam said the $300,000 would enable a blueprint to be developed prior to councils applying for the $25 million project funding set aside by the state government for regional collaboration projects.
Gladstone mayor Peter Corones also applauded the move.
'Gladstone city welcomes this announcement by the minister and certainly is in support of this very positive initiative,' he said.
He said council supported discussions over structural reform options "where there are identified opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Gladstone region''.