Maranoa Regional Council generic. Pic: Lachlan Berlin
Maranoa Regional Council generic. Pic: Lachlan Berlin

Restructure feedback yet to be tabled after delay

Maranoa Regional Council is yet to hand down community feedback for a controversial organisational restructure as the report was not completed by the time the meeting started.

The council released the draft proposal to the public on January 5 this year, and outlined a plan to add five new directors, each responsible for managing the former shire areas (Roma Town, Bungil, Warroo, Bendemere, and Booringa).

A period of community and staff consultation took place which closed on January 25, but was supposed to be handed down in today’s ordinary council meeting on January 27.

Proposed Maranoa Regional Council Organisational Structure to be considered by council at a meeting on January 27 or 28 2020.
Proposed Maranoa Regional Council Organisational Structure to be considered by council at a meeting on January 27 or 28 2020.

But when the meeting kicked off at 9am, the feedback wasn’t ready.

Before the meeting began, councillor Wendy Taylor asked council CEO Julie Reitano what would happen after the reports were received and whether or not the council would vote on the restructure.

Ms Reitano said before the meeting that there would be separate reports for the community feedback and staff feedback, the latter which would be discussed in a confidential meeting.

“We researched the topics that are being covered in there,” she said.

“Analysed all of that, identified key issues raised by the community, researched those points and pulled all of that together, and come to that with a recommendation as we would with any other report.

“It’s a big challenge because we’ve had the two consultation processes parallel.”

But at 3.28pm, the meeting heard the reports were still not ready to present.

However, the councillors discussed the confidential staff feedback on Wednesday night, but did not mention the community matters before the meeting’s end after 8pm.

The Western Star has been told the meeting will continue at 10pm tomorrow, January 28 where the community feedback is expected to be discussed, but it is still unknown whether the restructure will be decided upon then.


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