LETTER: Fix Gladstone council's "can't do" culture

THERE appears to be a serious culture problem that has developed over recent years at Gladstone Regional Council.

I would call it a "CAN'T DO" culture - that is, almost every time one asks whether something can be done, the first response is why it can't be done without even considering why it could be done.

They have got it back to front - it should be that all avenues of why it can be done should be exhausted before even considering why it can't be done.

There is also a very much vertical management structure which creates a cumbersome, inefficient, and buck-passing bureaucracy. The ongoing saga with the recycled water debacle that has all but ruined the Boyne Island Golf Course is a prime example.

I know from past experience, and any management consultant will tell you, that cultures change when you change the CEO.

I understand that the current CEO has been in place for a few years and it would be no surprise if this dreadful culture has developed since he took charge.

The mayor and councillors either don't recognise this problem or are too disinterested to do anything about it. Maybe they are ensconced in the same mould.



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