Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Councillors Questioned during Mount Meeting; Mount Morgan Residents Have Plenty to Ask

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Councillors Questioned during Mount Meeting; Mount Morgan Residents Have Plenty to Ask

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AS an experiment in democracy it was a resounding success.

Rockhampton Regional Council decamped to Mount Morgan yesterday for its first series of meetings away from headquarters.

The residents of the former gold town responded with smiles, gratitude and a torrent of questions.

Among the gallery who turned up to meet their councillors were self-confessed council watchers Lois Yates, Janette Hart and Betty Broom.

"We're veterans from the old Mount Morgan Shire days," said Lois.

"Not much gets past us."

Janette said it was great to be able to see democracy in action again and when Mayor Brad Carter asked for questions she was the first to raise her hand.

"We don't all have computers. Can you put minutes of meetings in the library?" she said.

The Council's chief executive officer Alistair Dawson promised it would be done.

Lois, who described herself as a frail little old lady, wanted to know why she had to do weekly battle with her wheelie bin to take it to a place on the highway where it could be emptied. …

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