Thursday, August 31, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Whitsunday Regional Council have decided to move to monthly Ordinary Council Meetings, rather than their bi-monthly meetings, for a more streamlined focus on strategy.
The monthly meetings begin in September, with the meeting scheduled for Wednesday September 27.
“The majority of Councils in Queensland have already moved to monthly meetings so this is a positive change that will enable more effective decision-making for councillors and better efficiency of time management for senior council staff,” explained Mayor Julie Hall.
“Councillors will still meet every Wednesday, whether it be for the ordinary council meeting, a strategic briefing day or our community catch-ups.
“The new monthly format will allow council to make the decisions it needs to in a timely manner and will allow Councillors more time to focus on the strategic conversation and direction of Council.”
Mayor Hall said Council can also call special meetings in addition to the once-a-month cycle if needed for urgent matters.
“My Council is committed to working smarter, faster and better for the community with a more forward looking and strategic focus which will assist in preparing the region for the future,” she explained.
CEO Warren Bunker said he believed the meeting changes, developed in consultation with the elected members and senior staff were a step forward for Council.
“The move to monthly meetings is in line with Council’s focus on becoming more agile and efficient to deliver better outcomes for our community.”