Last Council Meeting

April 3rd, 2012

On Wednesday we meet in Hervey Bay for the last Council meeting of this Council. It has been a bumby 4 years especially at the beginning but it is a nice feeling to know that since Ms Lisa Desmond was given the reins as CEO last year, Council is getting things done and treating our community concerns with respect. The list of achievements in the last two years is long and deserves recognition. This Council is building roads, bridges, drains and reacting promptly to most complaints and enquiries. I thank Lisa for her drive to ensure that the Council work force is given the support and direction to enable it to function in a more responsive manner. We all benefit as a result of this cultural change.

So to the agenda. We receive the minutes from the most recent Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Quarterly report on Councillors attendance at Conference and Industry events and decide whether to give delegated authority to the CEO regarding some Development Applications that may require a decision prior to the sitting of the new Council. Two Development Applications are listed on the agenda one for MCU multiple units exceeding 2 storeys in height at 229 Esplanade and 238 Long St and the other relates to a reconfiguring a lot from two lots to 105 lots at 222 Doolomg South Rd. I believe the first DA will be held over as it is not yet ready. As usual we deal with Questions on Notice and then make decisions on Confidential items including the Contract for the Doolong Road footpath, the Eli Waters, Dundowran Structure Plan, Mary River Flood Study, Planning Scheme workshop minutes, Hervey Bay Transport Strategy and finally two land acquisition matters in relation to land at Colyton St and Nissen St. The agenda should be listed here shortly.


Yes it is that dreaded time when I have to state my case for re-election. I am supposed to convince everyone that I am made of the right stuff and deserve another 4 years in Council. I am keen, still passionate and yes I do hope to be your representative for another 4 years. But it sits uncomfortably with me to bang my own drum. I would much rather just continue working… While there is a mood for change this will be rewarded as the Council will change with 5 sitting Councillors not being a part of the new Council. I do believe I am an effective Councillor and while not always succeeding in getting everything I desire (on your behalf), a lot of the time I contribute positively to needed change.

Pre Polling will be happening from the 16th April and while this can be a boring job I will need assistance both at pre polling and on election day. Please pop an email my way if you can spare some time. I expect it will be a tough contest with 5 opponents.

As always I am still working hard to answer your queries and fix your problems as best I can so don’t hesitate to call. Take care, Sue

4 Responses to “Last Council Meeting”

  1. Matt Murphyon 03 Apr 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I’m pretty sure Cr. Brooks that if you weren’t returned on election day, we would still see you here on your blog.

    Good luck with the campaign.

  2. John A Neveon 03 Apr 2012 at 3:13 pm

    As a lay person I don’t know if Lisa is better or worse the previous CEO’s, what is of concern is the number of CEO’s this town/region has had over the last ten years. Woocoo a undisclosed payout, Tiaro a CMC inquiry,, HB a number of ?’s doings. So tell us Sue, just what is going on?

    Council is beginning to remind me of that add about “mates rates”, still it all falls back on the electorate does it not?

  3. Sue Brookson 03 Apr 2012 at 3:19 pm

    No use harping back to the past and I cannot explain why some people leave jobs and others don’t. What I do know is that we have got it right with Lisa Desmond. She is an asset to Council and to the entire community. It is a pleasure working with a CEO who rates customer service as highly as I do!

  4. Trevor Gibbson 28 Apr 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Election Night
    Now, these Wonderful Towns and areas can go ahead.
    Good Riddance Sue Brooks

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