Portfolios allocated to every SDRC councillor
SOUTHERN Downs councillors have finally managed to come to an agreement about their portfolios during a special meeting, after deferring the decision at a general meeting two months ago.
Mayor Peter Blundell said he was aware it had taken the council a long time to make the final decision.
"We wanted to get the best fit and feel and we have that now," he said.
Unlike in previous years, each of the councillors has been given a portfolio.
"All councillors will be across all aspects of council business but the portfolio structure will allow them to specialise in their areas of strength and interest," Cr Blundell said.
"They will also be able to work closely with council directors and managers to gain relevant information, bylaws and planning rules.
"Council has also reviewed council representation on committees and community organisations.
"We have a total of 40 committees and community organisations and councillors bring a great deal of knowledge to council general meetings through these committees."
During the July general meeting in Stanthorpe, councillors deferred the decision to a workshop session as they were not happy with how some councillors were on a large number of committees and others none - due to their portfolio.
Cr Blundell said he was glad the new structure was finally in place.
"I'm pleased the new structure is now implemented and look forward to seeing great results from the various portfolios," he said.
Mayor Peter Blundell
Economic development and
Deputy Mayor Ross Bartley
Cr Cameron Gow
Agriculture and environmental management
Cr Denise Ingram
Cr Neil Meiklejohn
Planning and environment
Cr Glyn Rees
Sports, parks and cemeteries
Cr Vic Pennisi
Commerce and industry
Cr Jamie Mackenzie
Cr Jo McNally
Finance and governance