Dominic Doblo - the businessman keeping the council honest

SELF-APPOINTED watchdog Dominic Doblo has been lauded by one angry ratepayer as the man trying to keep Rockhampton Regional Council honest.

The businessman's full-page advertisements in The Morning Bulletin were raised in a complaint to the Office of the Information Commissioner.

The OIC consulted with locals as part of its review of council's compliance with right to information and information privacy acts.

They asked what information people wanted published, along with why and when.

One anonymous online complainant stated: "I would like to see an open and honest council that does not need a local businessman taking out full page ads in the local paper weekly to keep the public informed of controversial council activities we are not made aware of by this council... as we are seeing here at the moment. It has gotten that bad, seriously".

Council's acting CEO, Michael Rowe, said council faced a difficult balancing act between protecting the privacy of residents and stakeholders, and operating transparently.

"Council endeavours to act ethically in all situations and must act within the laws," Mr Rowe said.

"Practices such as the Office of the Information Commissioner review are good tools to ensure that council is meeting its requirements in these areas."

Mr Doblo said the OIC had since asked to interview him. The former mayoral candidate expressed no faith in the OIC's review, vowing to continue paying to appear on 4RO and buying newspaper advertisements.

But Mr Doblo flatly refused to say how much he spends.

"I see it as part of my advertising budget because people who agree with me get my quotes," the landscaper said.

"It's not a campaign for me to run for mayor again. But if no one with brains runs (next time) I'll have to."

There were nine other complaints submitted online.

Rockhampton Regional Council is the first Queensland council reviewed so far.



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