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Mayor's Column - Wednesday 19 July Mayor's Column - Wednesday 19 July

I refer to the matter recently before Council regarding the provision of legal support for staff and Councillors who individually have to defend themselves for actions undertaken as a public official.  I urge anyone with an interest in the topic to acquaint themselves with the facts, which are:

• State legislation has always contained the ability for Council to support staff and Councillors who have the need to legally defend themselves personally over a matter related to their role as a public official.
•  Council has been requested by the Ombudsman to put in place policy guidelines around how this legislation is applied.
•  Clarifying how the existing provisions of the Local Government are applied is an action supported by the Department of Local Government and the Local Government Association of Queensland.
•  This policy has no impact whatsoever on anyone's ability to express views about local government.

I have already written to the Minister for Local Government suggesting that a state-wide approach should be taken.  

I urge the community to take the time to understand the issue and to be aware that Council whole-heartedly supports freedom of speech. 

Gympie Regional Council, nor any council can restrict any persons common law right to freedom of political speech.

Cr. Mick Curran, Mayor

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Upgrade to Langton and Hall Roads

Summary

Council has allocated funding in the 2016/17 financial year to upgrade Langton and Hall Roads to the standard of industrial roads.

Works proposed

The project will upgrade the full length of Langton Road and Hall Road between the highway and the north coast rail line.

The work will include:

  • road pavement widening, areas of pavement reconstruction, new sections of kerb and channel and asphalt surfacing;
  • improvements to the intersections of Eldorado Road/Hall Road and Langton Road/Hall Road;
  • stormwater drainage upgrades; and
  • improvements to property accesses.

Traffic management

During construction property accesses may be affected for short durations. The construction contractor will contact business operators to discuss timing for access or parking if work is likely to impact entrances.

Traffic management measures will be in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists. Council appreciates your patience during the works.

Timing

Works are expected to be completed by end of August, depending on weather and other factors.