Council a la Clarke

By YVONNE McLEAN

A PROPOSAL by Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke, to change the established system of council and co-ordination committee meetings, is likely to meet stiff if not angry opposition when the matter is debated by council after the present two-week break. In a communication to councillors, the Mayor proposed that full council meetings should take place weekly instead of every two weeks and the co-ordination committee should be held not in the new building, but in the old Evandale boardroom. The co-ordination committee should be chaired not by him but by the deputy mayor Cr David Power. Furthermore, full meetings should be held on Monday afternoon instead of Friday. Cr Sue Robbins hit out at the change to the full meetings saying that Mondays had always been to her and her community, a day to chat over local issues, to discuss any problems. "I'm at the Coolangatta council offices Monday morning and The Pines Shopping Centre in the afternoon. I have told council officers not to make appointments for me on Mondays. To change to another day I would have to see if The PInes management would concur, and besides a change would alter a very important commitment I have with residents of my division," she said. Cr Eddy Sarroff has expressed firm views on the Mayor's proposal for future co-ordination committee meetings. "Mayor Ron Clarke has a responsibility to chair co-ordination committee meetings which involve the full council as well as the main meeting," he said. "In the more relaxed environment of co-ordination, Cr Clarke has the opportunity to communicate with his elected members, this would make for better understanding, better relationships. "Giving the chair of co-ordination to the deputy mayor Cr Power could result in more friction among councillors. It would not be in the best interests of all council," Cr Sarroff said. "I would be concerned that allowing the deputy mayor to sit in for the Mayor would add fuel to an already, at times, volatile situation," he said. Cr Sarroff said it was Mayor Ron Clarke's job to chair both coordination and the full council and he would argue against such a wrong proposal when council resumed after the break.



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