Golder’s push for oversight on contracts called ‘blindsiding’
MAYOR Tyson Golder has used a mayoral minute to push through an “urgent” motion to give council more oversight on contracts that go to outside businesses.
Cr Golder’s motion at Wednesday morning’s meeting, which was not presented to the other councillors at their regular workshops, has been described by Cr Cameron O’Neil as “blindsiding” the rest of the council.
The mayor said moved in the meeting that, “in the event of the delegated officer’s decision to offer a contract for goods and services to a business that is not in the Maranoa region, that the proposed decision be referred to council for delegation.”
“This is an opportunity for us to say that if it is not going to be given to a local business, that council will, instead of hearing about after the event, know beforehand,” he continued.
Cr O’Neil was one of at least five councillors who responded with caution over the motion, saying he found Cr Golder’s use of the Mayoral Minute “perplexing”.
“What you’ve proposed has some merit for us to look at, I’m just a bit perplexed why you would use the Mayoral Minute to blindside the council with a matter that is very important and should be discussed at a workshop,” he said.
“There are some questions about the detail and I am not willing to make a decision here today based on what’s in front of us.”
Speaking the day after the meeting, which was left on the table, Cr Golder stressed the motion would not affect council purchasing policies, but would give them the chance to knock back an officer’s recommendation.
“We’ve had a couple of situations where local community members have contacted me about locals not being used and they’ve lost it to an out-of-town large company,” he said.
“It’s not making any decisions, but saying that when a council officer is going to not give it to the local contractor, the council must be notified.
“We’re in a time where there’s a lot of businesses losing money at the moment and I stood on local jobs for local contractors.”
Cr O’Neil said on Thursday he thought the motion had potential, but believed any council decision should not be rushed through without thorough research into the impacts of it.
“Every councillor has an opportunity to raise an issue, but we can’t make decisions on the fly, or I certainly won’t,” he said.
“We need to get the background info to make the best decision.
“No one’s knocking the issue, it’s just for us to make the right one we need be informed.”