Indigenous detox centre on table
THE contentious subject of Milbi, the indigenous detox centre at Etna Creek, will be discussed once again by councillors this afternoon.
Cr Glenda Mather, a fierce opponent of plans to extend the farm, will once again challenge the nature of legal advice sought by officers before the controversial meeting last month which approved the scheme.
Mayor Brad Carter used his casting vote to give planning permission, two weeks after a previous council meeting had rejected the plan.
Now Cr Mather is rekindling debate first with a motion to preserve tapes of the meetings of October 13 and 27 until further notice, and second with a series of questions on notice to chief executive Alastair Dawson.
In the agenda papers for this afternoon’s full meeting of Rockhampton Regional Council, Cr Mather argues the tapes must be preserved as potential legal evidence of the proceedings, should they be challenged in court.
In her questions on notice she asks which officers had the responsibility to seek legal advice, what instructions they were given, what was the nature of the request to lawyers and if the legal firm was fully briefed on why advice was being sought.
The legal advice in question was that the earlier meeting had not made a proper decision, opening the possibility for a new debate and vote.