Council meeting trials to continue



GLADSTONE City Council will continue its trial of new meeting times, despite some reservations.

The trial of meeting times began in January, with fortnightly meetings replacing the previous monthly agenda.

Councillor Leanne Buchholz voiced concerns regarding the financial effect the new meeting times were having on councillors.

With two meetings a month and the meetings now taking place during business hours, Ms Buchholz said she was having to pay child care costs previously not budgeted for.

'It's (the extra cost) not what we took on, the goal posts have changed,' she said.

There were no residents in the gallery at the most recent council meeting, a common occurrence since the change of meeting times.

Denis Connolly was one resident who attended regular council meetings under the previous structure.

'The majority of residents are working people, so it (the new meeting times) does make a difference, he said.

However Mr Connolly said while it was now rare for any residents to attend meetings under the new times, it was difficult for council to 'please everyone'.

The council will continue the trial for a further year and then review the structure again.



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