News

Councillor says briefing sessions are "bullying sessions"

IT'S one thing to turn up to meeting, but it's another thing to participate proactively.

That's the opinion of one outspoken Southern Downs councillor, who is calling for a shake-up of council meetings.

Cr Jamie Mackenzie, who attended just 11 of the 19 councillor briefing sessions, described them as "bullying sessions".

"I am all for information sessions for councillors as needed but the so-called 'briefing sessions' in my view are more like 'bullying sessions' where councillors are not given sufficient detail in writing and often only verbal advice," he said.

"This council's practice to have two secret briefing sessions each month followed by duplicated debate of the same issues in a general statutory meeting two weeks later went out-of-date in the early 1990s."

During the past three years of his term as a councillor, Cr Mackenzie has been advocating for monthly meetings to be made fortnightly.

Councillors aren't paid to just have meetings, according to Cr Mackenzie.

"Some may see the role of councillors is to sit through hours and hours of secret meetings discussing the same thing, week to week, over and over and over until we conform to the bureaucratic line," he said.

"We need reform so there is better use of public resources including the staff, councillors and the public's time."

In the past Mayor Peter Blundell has expressed his disappointment at councillors' failure to attend briefing sessions.

"I am particularly disappointed that not all councillors believe it is necessary to attend briefing sessions," he told the Daily News in 2014.

The Daily News attempted to speak with Cr Blundell yesterday, but no response was received by print deadline.

Topics:  councillors, meetings, warwick



Warwick man fined over homemade weapon

The 27-year-old man pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of a weapons charge.

A WARWICK man has had an expensive lesson in weapons.

Why a tourist had to catch $500 cab back home

Some of those charged at the weekend are due to front Warwick Magistrates Court on October 31.

And other stories from a drugged up and drunk weekend on our roads

No one opposes same-sex marriage quite like Warwick

Catholic church against gay marriage 
Photo Renee Pilcher / The Gympie Times

Maranoa holds a majority opposition against same-sex marriage

Local Partners

9000 reasons to support our community clubs

Community clubs are good at what they do. They are not so good at telling the world about what they do, as Clubs Queensland CEO Doug Flockhart explains.


John Mayer's advice for Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes has revealed John Mayer gave him advice

Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd tie the knot

Josh Bolin marries in front of close friends and family

Marilyn Manson wants a 'nice' girl

Marilyn Manson wants a girl who understands both of his identities

Angelina turns to Depp for consolation after divorce

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with their six children

Angelina Jolie is reportedly being consoled by Johnny Depp

Rockhampton dancer en pointe for European stages

CENTRE STAGE: Anastasia Lewis has moved from Rockhampton to Sydney to study classical ballet.

Rocky dancer believes competitions are the perfect preparation

Conner's food distraction leads to elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Conner Bethune.

HUNGER gets to castaway as Australian Survivor's tribes merge.

Rural properties expected to soar as investors seek income

Rural properties are should become highly sought after

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state