Council in double hit for Baffle
BAFFLE Creek residents have been knocked back by Gladstone Regional Council on two matters.
The Baffle Creek District Residents and Ratepayers Association wrote to the council requesting council take over and run the existing Baffle Creek Community Centre as an Rural Transaction Centre (RTC) and that council consider purchasing the property known as Baffle Bobs Caravan Park.
Council chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said while it was not economically feasible to open a RTC at Baffle Creek, council had maintained all RTCs since the amalgamation.
“In relation to Baffle Bobs Caravan Park, it’s a privately owned commercial activity,” he said.
“While we own a caravan park at 1770, which we inherited and is on reserve land, it was not council’s core business.”
Cr Rick Hansen said council should do a financial feasibility study and present it to the Baffle Creek community.
Cr Matt Burnett said council could conduct a feasibility study as to where RTCs should be located or whether the region needed another.
Mr Kanofski said a formal study would raise expectations of the community that council would build an RTC.
The report tabled at yesterday’s council meeting stated technology, through improved communications, is seen by council as the most effective way of interacting with residents in rural and remote communities.
It also stated it was not economically feasible for council to establish RTCs in all of its smaller communities such as Baffle Creek, Rosedale, Bororen, Raglan, Ambrose, Many Peaks, Builyan, Nagoorin and Ubobo.