Leave all egos ‘at door’ - Ludwig to Livingstone councillors
LIVINGSTONE'S mayor-elect Bill Ludwig has encouraged councillors to leave their egos at the door.
"What I have asked of the councillors is to demonstrate goodwill, have mutual respect and come to the table with a professional focus - one that will ensure we get the best outcome for the community," he said.
The new council, consisting of Glenda Mather, Tom Wyatt, Jan Kelly, Graham Scott, Nigel Hutton and Adam Belot, got together for the first time at an information session in Yeppoon yesterday.
Cr Ludwig said it looked likely the council would adopt a portfolio system, giving each councillor a set area of responsibility.
In some cases, portfolios may be rotated on a 12-month basis to give councillors a good grounding and broaden their experience.
Finances were not discussed yesterday but Cr Ludwig expects detailed information on the council's fiscal position within two weeks.
"When we have that as the framework, we will be in the position to determine the best strategies moving forward," he said.
Costs associated with de-amalgamation, estimated at more than $9 million, would have to be factored into the first budget to be handed down in the last week of January.
Cr Ludwig said every option would be investigated to ensure that did not result in "a major impost on ratepayers" in the short or long-term.
"I believe that we are going to have a most constructive, pro-active council," Cr Ludwig said.