Council aims to get things done quicker with new plan
CHANGE will be in the air today as the Southern Downs Regional councillors vote on the new structure for council meetings - the aim to increase efficiency.
CEO Andrew Roach put together the proposal for the new structure.
"Council's previous meeting cycle consisted of four committee meetings and one general meeting each month," Mr Roach said.
"As well as a special council meeting held on the first and second Monday of each month.
"It is proposed to replace the above cycle with one general council meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month and two briefing sessions on the first and second Monday each month unless otherwise decided.
"Agenda items that were previously dealt with at committee meetings will now be considered at the monthly general meeting."
Mayor Peter Blundell said there would also be a focus on delegating the smaller decisions to council officers.
"We don't want to bog ourselves down with the smaller issues," he said.
"We are improving what we do, looking for new innovative ways to meet the community demand for a quicker turn-around."
The councillors will have the chance to debate the issue and vote on how they want to see the meetings proceed during today's meeting.