Coun­cil con­tin­ues as nor­mal

Isis Town and Country - - News -

BUND­ABERG Re­gional Coun­cil will en­ter a care­taker pe­riod as part of the reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments as­so­ci­ated with the com­ing lo­cal au­thor­ity elec­tions to be held on Satur­day, March 19.

Mayor Mal For­man said strin­gent pro­to­cols needed to be ob­served by coun­cil­lors, coun­cil of­fi­cers and staff dur­ing the care­taker pe­riod.

“The Lo­cal Govern­ment Act is quite clear on the pro­ce­dures that must be ob­served dur­ing this care­taker pe­riod com­menc­ing, Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 6,” he said.

“Dur­ing the care­taker pe­riod the nor­mal busi­ness of coun­cil will con­tinue but it is im­por­tant that the cur­rent coun­cil do not make ma­jor pol­icy de­ci­sions or un­der­tak­ings that will bind an in­com­ing coun­cil in its op­er­a­tional de­liv­ery.

“The onus is on cur­rent elected mem­bers to en­sure that there can be no pub­lic per­cep­tion of the use of coun­cil-pro­vided re­sources or fa­cil­i­ties that could be viewed as as­sist­ing with a cam­paign for re-elec­tion.”

Cr For­man said all coun­cil­lors re­tained the right to use cur­rent re­sources and fa­cil­i­ties in the ex­e­cu­tion of their elected du­ties un­til their term of of­fice ended.

“The com­mu­nity will also note that coun­cil-pre­pared me­dia in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing ad­ver­tis­ing, re­lat­ing to coun­cil ac­tiv­i­ties, will also ad­here to a re­quire­ment not to be seen to be pro­mot­ing coun­cil­lors or seek­ing to in­flu­ence com­mu­nity opin­ion.

“Our com­mu­nity can be as­sured that the day-to-day busi­ness of coun­cil will con­tinue and there will be no im­pact on the de­liv­ery of ser­vices dur­ing the care­taker pe­riod.

“This is sim­ply an in­stance of coun­cil ob­serv­ing gov­er­nance best prac­tice.”

The care­taker pe­riod will fin­ish once the March 19 elec­tion has been fi­nalised.

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