Open forum hears community issues

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

THE Miriam Vale Shire Council first meeting for the year was conducted yesterday with an open forum.

These forums are a recent addition to council meetings and give the public an opportunity to address the council. Several issues were raised at the council meeting with mixed results.

The most contentious one was stray dogs attacking local wildlife. A passionate address delivered by wildlife carer Lee Wood helped set the scene for an emotional debate.

Ms Wood showed descriptive photos of a kangaroo that had been attacked by a pack of stray dogs.

The council is currently reviewing local law number four (keeping and control of animals).

The council will provide an after hours number for residents to contact and construction of the pound at 1770 is under way. Discovery Coast Swim Committee chairperson Barbara Culpan raised the issue of a pool for Agnes Water.

Much consultation and investigation into the feasibility of the pool had been done.

Although the council commended the group for the effort put in, the proposal was rejected for several reasons, including timing of funding proposal, ongoing costs, costs over and above the funding and infrastructure.



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