Gladstone councillors turn down 'low priority' trip

FEDERAL politicians embroiled in a scandal over expenses could learn a thing or two from Gladstone councillor Karen Porter.

Cr Porter has declined a proposal to fly to Sydney for the Parking Australia Outlook conference in August, which would have cost about $1650.

It was suggested by a council officer the conference could offer some insights into how the council could tackle the issue of parking in Gladstone's CBD.

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It follows a decision to identify central sites to build a new parking facility, in the hopes more parking will rejuvenate the CBD.

"Whilst I appreciate the opportunity, this is probably not the highest priority conference for me to attend so I will decline," Cr Porter said.

Councillor Rick Hansen also declined, citing "budget constraints" and more important conferences for councillors to attend.



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