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Councillor Scott says he will resign if dual roles clash

Graham Scott is on the board of Capricorn Enterprise and a Livingstone councillor.
Graham Scott is on the board of Capricorn Enterprise and a Livingstone councillor. Allan Reinikka

GRAHAM Scott says he will step down as chairman of Capricorn Enterprise if it compromises his position as a Livingstone Shire councillor.

"If I feel there is any conflict or compromise, I will step down," he said on Friday.

"But until the council actually exists, I am very keen to continue in the role at Capricorn Enterprise because there are some very exciting initiatives developing."

A consulting engineer with Brown Consulting, Mr Scott was elected chairman of Capricorn Enterprise in September this year.

He has been involved in economic development at a board level for five years, with Capricorn Enterprise and one of its predecessor organisations, Rockhampton Regional Development Ltd.

Mr Scott was elected to the Livingstone council at the November 9 poll.

He said he could not predict whether the two positions would create a conflict of interest.

"I honestly don't know at this stage," he said. "I will find out and if there are any concerns I will step down."

Mr Scott said he was focused on fully understanding the role of shire councillor. The Livingstone council comes into effect on January 1.

"I am very passionate to continue regional economic development across a number of local government boundaries," Mr Scott said.

KEY DATES:

  • December 31, 2013: Councillors Bill Ludwig, Glenda Mather and Tom Wyatt end their terms with the Rockhampton Regional Council
  • January 1, 2014: Terms start for the Livingstone Shire Council mayor and six councillors
  • January 1 2014: Transfer manager Graeme Kanofski becomes acting CEO (continues until a CEO is appointed)
  • July 1, 2014: Transfer committee ceases to exist
  • 2016 (next quadrennial election date): Terms of mayor/councillors end

Topics:  capricorn enterprise graham scott livingstone shire



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