LISTEN: Council shake up as committees replace portfolios

GLADSTONE'S new look council will decide whether or not to scrap councillor portfolios and go with five new committees in tomorrow's council meeting.

Mayor Matt Burnett asked for a report on the committees in the first council meeting since the election, claiming portfolios were "a glorified media opportunity".

The portfolios will have either all or some councillors and members of the public on them, with the recommendations from the committees going to the council meetings to help make decisions.

It won't just be the five new committees the councillors will discuss in the second meeting, there are another 28 that will be tabled as part of the agenda, nine council advisory and 19 external committees.

But if the five committees are approved it would appear councillors could have a choice of up to 29 committees and groups.

Four external committees are poised to be scrapped - one could be swallowed by an existing committee and another redundant now the LNG plants are all but complete.

Either way it looks likely there will be an organisational restructure with more councillor involvement in the council's recommendations.

Council officers have recommended:

  • Portfolios be replaced by a Planning and Development Committee chaired by cr Glenn Churchill with all of the other councillors as members.
  • A Commercial Services Committee with cr Desley O'Grady as the chair and crs PJ Sobhanian, Cindi Bush and Kahn Goodluck as members.
  • The Finance and Corporate Governance Committee will be chaired by cr Rick Hansen and have all the other councillors as members.
  • A Work and Traffic Committee will be chaired by cr Peter Masters with crs Kahn Goodluck, Glenn Churchill and Rick Hansen as members.
  • The Environment and Community Services Committee will be chaired by cr Cindi Bush with crs Desley O'Grady, Peter Masters and Chris Trevor as members.

Nine advisory committees:

  • Traffic Advisory Committee with crs Peter Masters and Rick Hansen as well as representatives from Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Police Service and council officers.
  • Major Events Panel with crs Cindi Bush and PJ Sobhanian and representatives from GECC, GAPDL, Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce.
  • Sister City Advisory Committee with mayor Matt Burnett.
  • Gladstone Region Environment Advisory Network with cr Desley O'Grady and members of the community.
  • Gladstone Region Community Development Committee have membership refreshed.
  • Youth Council continues
  • Gladstone Regional Council SES management Group will have cr Chris Trevor on it.
  • Gladstone Regional Council Rural Fire Finance Committee will have cr Chris Trevor on it.
  • Business Improvement Committee will have crs PJ Sobhanian and Rick Hansen on it.

Of the 19 external committees the officer recommended the councillors adopt the following nominations:

  • Cr Bush as chair of Regional Arts Development Fund committee.
  • Cr O'Grady to the board of Gladstone Area Promotion & Development Ltd.
  • Mayor and deputy mayor to Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils.
  • Cr Sobhanian as director of Gladstone Area Water Board.
  • Cr Sobhanian and cr Bush to Management Committee of the Capricorn Pest Management Group Inc.
  • Cr O'Grady to Gladstone Local Marine Advisory Committee.
  • Cr O'Grady to the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership.
  • The Department of Environment & Heritage Protection be advised council does not propose to nominate a replacement Chair for the Clean and Healthy Air for Gladstone Project Community Reference Group and, rather, would suggest Gladstone Region Environmental Advisory Network take on this role.
  • The mayor to the Gladstone Foundation Board of Advice.
  • Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. be advised council will not be nominating a representative to its committee this term.
  • Cr Churchill be nominated as the council's representative to Gladstone PCYC Advisory Committee.
  • Cr Trevor be nominated to assist with the administration of Gladstone and District Sports Foundation Trust.
  • Cr Hansen be nominated for appointment to Education Queensland Industry Partnership (EQIP) Board of Management.
  • Cr Goodluck be nominated to CQ University Gladstone Regional Engagement Committee.
  • The council note interactions with the Burnett Mary Regional Group will be managed administratively in future.
  • The council note that, recognising the LNG projects have each moved into operational phase, the Gladstone LNG Regional Community Consultative Committee is to be wound up and no nominee to the committee will be required this term.
  • Mayor and deputy mayor be appointed as chair and deputy chair of the Local Disaster Management Group.
  • Cr Sobhanian to attend meetings of Gladstone Safe Night Out Gladstone CBD Precinct Inc. as invited.
  • The mayor to attend meetings of Port Welfare Committee convened by Gladstone Ports Corporation.

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