Council hails new processes

IN a move aimed at streamlining its decision-making processes, Clarence Valley Council has set up four major committees to deal with issues before they are referred to council for full consideration.

Key groups of councillors will discuss the issues, some of them contentious and complex, a week before full council meetings.

Each committee meeting will be open to the public, just like council meetings, and will receive deputations on issues listed for consideration by the committees.

The committees are aligned with the responsibilities of the general manager and four directors.

All of the other council committees and working groups, such as the Regional Water Supply Project and Floodplain Services committee, will direct their reports to council through the four major committees, as will the many Section 355 committees.

Mayor Ian Tiley said the move, approved at council's first meeting on April 19, would provide better public access to council's decision-making processes.

The following councillors were elected to chair the respective committees: Cr Chris Gulaptis (policy and general), Cr Fred Morgan (engineering services), Cr Shirley Adams (community and cultural services), Cr Joy Mathews (planning and environment). The first round of committee meetings will be held in Grafton, with future meetings alternating with Maclean on a monthly basis.

The schedule for May will be: Monday May 9; community and cultural committee at 9am. Policy and general committee at 1pm.

Tuesday May 10; planning and environment committee at 9am. Engineering committee at 1pm.

Committee reports and recommendations will be considered by council at 10am on Tuesday May 17.

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