Catch your Councillor in action this month

EVER wondered what your local councillor does?

Fraser Coast Regional Council. PHOTO: Supplied.

Well, here’s your chance to catch a glimpse of them working in real time.

Fraser Coast residents will have the opportunity to watch their councillors after hours this month.

The March Ordinary Meeting will be held in the evening to make elected representatives more accessible to the public.

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The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 24 at the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Tavistock Street chambers in Hervey Bay.

Proceedings get underway at 6pm, with registration for residents from 5pm.

Deputy Mayor Darren Everard said the change is part of Council’s plan to increase opportunities for residents to connect with councillors and make Council more accessible.

“By starting the meeting in the evening, we are offering residents, especially those who have 9am to 5pm jobs, an opportunity to come along and see how the Council works or watch a livestream on Council’s YouTube channel from home,” Cr Everard.

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The Deputy Mayor said Council was working hard to maintain its connection and engagement with all residents, including those in our smaller communities, with two meetings to be held in smaller communities this year.

“The Fraser Coast region covers an area of 7,125 square kilometres and Council is eager to ensure the region’s 100,000 plus residents have access to their elected representatives,” he said.

“Hosting Council meetings in our small communities allows us to engage with residents and enhance accessibility and transparency of Council’s actions.”

Council meetings will be held at the North Aramara Hall and at the Boonooroo Community Hall this year.

“Council has also started monthly informal community ‘meet and greets’ in every division throughout the Fraser Coast, with the first event in Toogoom last month a great success,” Cr Everard said.

“These events are an opportunity for residents to come and have a chat with Councillors in a relaxed environment close to where they live.”

The next ‘meet and greet’ will be at the QCWA Hall at 77 Steley Street in Howard from 10am to 12-noon on Thursday, March 18.

Council ordinary meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month, starting at 10am. Meetings are rotated between the Hervey Bay and Maryborough chambers.

Public Participation sessions are held before the ordinary meeting and start at 9am.

Anyone wishing to participate in public participation must register prior to the meetings by calling the Customer Service Centre on 1300 79 29 49 or via email.

The list of Council meeting dates is available, here.

All Council meetings are also livestreamed on Council’s YouTube channel.

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