Mayor to fight for council review

MAYOR Brad Carter wants to press ahead with a root and branch efficiency review of Rockhampton Regional Council, but it looks as if he will have a fight on his hands.

Cr Carter yesterday confirmed his intention to appoint a consultancy firm to look into the reasons so many have criticised the organisation for being dysfunctional and wasteful.

But last week his fellow councillors rejected his move to sanction the appointment of Morrison Low, a company which says it could carry out a detailed review for between $95,000 and $110,000.

Councillors had previously approved the principle of a review, but balked at the detail. They voted eight votes to one to let the matter lie on the table so it could be properly put as an agenda item at a subsequent meeting, but some made it clear they thought it would be a waste of money so close to the council election which is set for March.

Cr Bill Ludwig said ratepayers would question the wisdom of spending so much money when the council, which was formed less than four years ago, had already gone through five restructures.

Yesterday Cr Carter was adamant that the review was necessary. He said nearly every councillor had expressed concerns about the way the organisation functioned and had been critical of the relationship between the elected members and the officers.

. "I am disappointed that the review has been delayed and that councillors have lost their previous enthusiasm for it," said Cr Carter.

"I am committed to it, the council passed a resolution calling for it and all we need to do now is appoint a consultant to implement it."

"I am not happy with letting it drag on for ever more."



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