Council meetings turn short, sweet
COFFS Harbour City Council meetings are becoming so brief it pays not to be late, in case you miss it altogether.
Thursday’s meeting, which had just three items on the agenda, lasted a whole 23 minutes.
Those who detest meetings may applaud, but there is increasing anxiety about the reduced level of public scrutiny represented by such brief meetings of a public organisation with a multi-million dollar budget.
There was time for the Mayor, Keith Rhoades, to note it was the last council meeting for the director of land use, health and development, Mark Salter. Mr Salter, who has been working in local government since June 19, 1969, will go on leave before his retirement.
Councillors also observed a minute’s silence in memory of the late Bernie Malouf, the last shire president and first mayor of the City of Coffs Harbour, who died on October 16.
Cr Bill Palmer used ‘matters of an urgent nature’ to congratulate Cr Rhoades on his election as the new president of the Local Government Association and to grumble that the removal of the ‘general business’ segment for meetings meant “the possibility of getting up and addressing some things has been taken away”.