Council at a loss on recycled or cheaper newsletter

REDUCING the cost of printing the council newsletter without compromising on environmental standards is proving impossible.

Gladstone Regional Council was asked to decide whether or not the Council Connection newsletter should be printed on 60% recycled paper - imported from France - to save $13,000 each year.

But after about 10 minutes of debate, the issue proved so contentious it was removed from the meeting agenda yesterday.

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It follows a decision in May to explore how the cost, $88,000 each year, of producing the 16-page newsletter on 100% recycled paper could be reduced.

The original suggestion then was to move away from the 100% recycled paper, but that was strongly opposed by environment portfolio holder Col Chapman.

After three months of work analysing five different options for the six editions a year, the same suggestion was made this week.

Cr Chapman stood by his original position, and Deputy Mayor Matt Burnett suggested selling ads or cutting pages was a better option - although that didn't have much support.

Cr Burnett suggested the photos be printed smaller because four fewer pages would still save $13,000.

How should the council reduce its newsletter costs?

This poll ended on 19 September 2015.

Current Results

Reduce the number of pages

8%

Send it less often

8%

Send it to fewer people

2%

Use cheaper paper

6%

Email it to ratepayers

75%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"I believe we should put ads in it to offset the costs," Cr Burnett said.

The revelation the new paper would come from France left Cr Hansen wondering why the whole newsletter wasn't produced locally.

It was council's director of corporate and community services Cale Dendle, whose team carried out detailed research on each option, who got the discussion back to the original question of cost reduction.

Since the councillors couldn't agree, the item was abandoned - for now.

The options

  • Reduce pages
  • Send it less often
  • Send it to fewer people
  • Use cheaper paper

YOUR SAY: What are your thoughts on this issue? Let us know by contacting us on 4970 3030 or newsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au.



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