Rocky will not go ahead with proposed Propel Partnerships

THE Rockhampton Regional Council will not proceed with its original partnership with Propel.

Instead, it will engage with Propel Partnerships to "develop a scope and estimated cost to provide consultancy services to improve efficiencies in identified areas".

The resolution was carried yesterday during a closed session of council.

It was moved by Mayor Margaret Strelow and seconded by Cr Cherie Rutherford.

Cr Stephen Schwarten recorded his vote against the motion.

Cr Strelow described the outcome as a "win-win".

"I believe we get the benefit of Propel's considerable experience as they walk the line between private enterprise and government and bring the experience from both to the table," she said yesterday.

Cr Strelow revealed last year the plan to set up a partnership with Propel, a company that specialises in making local government operations more efficient.

She said at the time it was hoped that the council would work with Propel for at least five years.

The proposal raised concerns within the community and prompted a warning from The Services Union, which said reduced services and possible redundancies could result.

Five of the eight Rockhampton councillors indicated they were against the proposed partnership when The Morning Bulletin asked for their views last month.



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