Council continues as normal
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.