Council CEO given more power on local laws
THE Gladstone Regional Council CEO has been given more powers to execute local laws.
Gladstone Regional Council made the change to "allow for timely and efficient management of local law responsibilities".
CEO Stuart Randle told the council meeting yesterday the decision would not change the local laws in anyway but would give him the power "to do the mechanics that allow the laws to work."
That includes issuing notices and confirming council decisions, he said.
"(It allows) the local laws to be managed the way I would expect them to be managed. It means we don't have to bring everything back to council - things can be dealt with on a day to day basis," Mr Randle said.
"For example if you wanted to register your dog and those powers hadn't been delegated to a council officer then that item would have to come to council - for a decision on whether or not you can register your dog."
Mr Randle said without that delegation of power the council, as an organisation, would come to a grinding halt.
The decision doesn't mean amendments to local laws won't have to come to the council.
Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the change gave the CEO powers to "change local laws." The Observer apologises for the error.