Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Councillors See Benefit in Letting Public Know What's Happening

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Councillors See Benefit in Letting Public Know What's Happening

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Byline: SCOTT SAWYER

AS TENSIONS mount over the upcoming special meeting of the council to determine the fate of the Sekisui House Yaroomba development proposal, the Daily has checked in with our local councillors for their thoughts on the process.

We asked councillors several questions after the announcement that the council officers' report into the proposed amendments to the planning scheme would be made public before Monday's special meeting and how they felt the discussions about the proposal should be conducted.

The questions emailed to all 11 Coast councillors were:

What are your views on the council report on a proposed planning scheme amendment for Sekisui House being made public prior to the special meeting? Do you support the information being made available to the public?

Can you indicate whether you will be voting to keep the discussions at Monday's special meeting open to the public? If so, why, and if not, why not?

Here's how our local representatives responded:

Mayor Mark Jamieson: Given the amount of information Sekisui House has already released publicly, I was very keen for this report to be made public and my fellow councillors agreed with that approach. As I have said publicly on many occasions ... I am in favour of and remain committed to the special meeting being held in public.

When council makes a resolution on any proposal, the voting must be taken in public session. The votes of individual councillors are cast in public and recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

Division 1 councillor Rick Baberowski: Did not respond.

Division 2 councillor Tim Dwyer: My answers to your questions will be available for all to see at both the upcoming meeting and in the minutes made available after that meeting.

Division 3 Councillor Peter Cox: Sekisui House has engaged in community consultation and held various public information sessions in relation to their proposed development, so in view of the already public nature of this very matter I have advised my councillor colleagues that I am supportive of the report being publicly available. I can foresee no reason why discussions wouldn't also be held in open session. …

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