BREAKING | Gladstone's new deputy mayor elected
What we know:
- Chris Trevor has been elected deputy mayor
- Councillors Rick Hansen and Glenn Churchill have been appointed to the airport board
- The councillor board appointments will increase council's influence over the airport
- Liz Baker, a current board member, will step down in June.
PORTFOLIOS will become a relic of the past under the council with mayor Matt Burnett saying committees will be established instead.
It's a flashback to the days of Gladstone City Council when committees were the norm instead of portfolios which Cr Burnett has labelled "a glorified media opportunity".
While only councillors will sit on the five new committees, members of the public will be invited to make presentations where relevant and the meetings will be open to the public.
Cr Burnett said the format would be similar to community cabinet and each committee will have the power to make decisions independent of the full council.
The details are yet to be decided and today, in a unconventional move, Cr Burnett ordered a report on the change to be presented at the next council meeting on April 26.
CHRIS Trevor has been elected Gladstone's new deputy mayor by the councillors.
It was a unanimous decision, although in a humorous turn of events, Mr Trevor had to be reminded to vote.
IN a move that is set to increase council's influence over the Gladstone Airport and it's board, Matt Burnett has appointed two of his councillors to the board; Rick Hansen and Glenn Churchill.
No board directors have been removed.
The shake up is "effective immediately" so the councillors can attend the board's next meeting on Tuesday.
The full council will meet with the airport board the day before.
AIRPORT TUSSLE |
Liz Baker, a current board member, had her contract renewed by the previous council until June.
But her contract will not be renewed.
The number of board members has increased from six to eight, but will reduce to seven once Ms Baker is out.
Both Mr Churchill and Mr Hansen have experience on airport boards.
More to come.