Upset residents no show at meeting
MAYOR Brad Carter yesterday described a meeting to discuss issues surrounding a controversial indigenous rehabilitation centre north of Rockhampton as “constructive”, despite none of the upset residents for whom the meeting was organised attending.
Cr Carter said the independent meeting was set up so members of the community could air their concerns about the Milbi Centre, near Etna Creek, and its future expansion.
In October, the council approved the centre’s extension application which had generated strong community reaction.
Cr Carter said yesterday’s meeting was held so residents could talk to key stakeholders.
“I was advised on Monday that no residents would attend, and I respect their decision,” Cr Carter said.
“All I can say is that it’s unfortunate residents didn’t take this opportunity to table their issues with such a responsible group of stakeholders.”
He said the meeting, involving representatives from key Queensland Government agencies, council, Milbi and police was “extremely constructive”.
Cr Carter said Acting Assistant Commissioner Steve Gollschewski and the officer-in-charge at North Rockhampton police station both attended and assured residents they would be there for those who felt threatened and provide an appropriate response to all calls for service.
However, he said they’d told the meeting there had been no policing issues of particular significance in this area. Queensland Health had also identified that there had been very positive outcomes from Milbi services.
Cr Carter will write directly to affected residents to tell them what happened at the meeting and make it clear his door is still open for discussions.
The meeting was chaired by former judge, Alan Demack.