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No council budget information session

A councillor has unsuccessfully tried to hold an information workshop with the community about council’s annual budget. Photo: Southern Highland NewsA COUNCILLOR has unsuccessfullytried to hold an information workshopwith the community about council’sannual budget.

Councillor Ian Scandrett put forwarda notice of motion for council to hold apublic workshop where communitymembers could ask council employeesquestions about the budgets, councilaccounts and Fit for the Future.

“With the pressures on our financesand planning, I think it would be aworthwhile exercise to hold these sessionsso that people can come alongand ask questions of staff and councilin terms of our budget,” Cr Scandrettsaid.

“I would think this may pay some dividendsbecause if there are to be somehard decisions to be made in our budgetpre consulting them, discussing itwith the community might yield somepositive outcomes.”

However, councillors were quick todisapprove of the motion.

CouncillorJim Clark said the public weren’t”greatly interested” in the budget.

“The way it works with local governmentis you do all the hard yards, youget elected and one of the things youdo is you make decisions about thebudget,” Cr Clark said.

“You have to go through the budgetline by line, page by page, the publicdon’t have to do that, they elected youto do that.”

Councillor Garry Turland was notsupportive of the motion and said itwas an “election campaign”, which CrGair agreed with.

“I think it is self promotion really,” CrGair said.

“When you put forward thesenotices of motions, ask yourself withinyourself, what is the purpose? Is it

about me or is it about the community?Because in my opinion, this is reallynot about the community.”

The motion was lost with Cr Gair notinghis “disappointment” with supportersof the motion.

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