Councillor portfolios are passed
WHITSUNDAY councillors have voted to adopt portfolios after the motion was passed at yesterday's special meeting to resolve the matter once and for all.
Mayor Jennifer Whitney may have got her wish to see portfolios established, but it was not without a fight.
Deputy mayor and Division 4 councillor Peter Ramage moved an amendment that the status quo remain. After much debate, this was defeated by four votes to two.
Cr Ramage said given the geographical size of the region he failed to see how a portfolio system could work but Cr Whitney said this was nothing new. "I realise it's a big geographical area but that has always been the case. We'll all come into this with a little bite of the big pie, which we will all find we will manage," she said.
Cr Clifford and Crs Kevin and John Collins said they were willing to give portfolios a go.
"Being new I'd like to give it a go and as Kevin says, if it doesn't work, let's review it [in six months]," Cr John Collins said.
Crs Ramage and Clark voted against the portfolio motion and Cr Andrew Willcox was absent from the meeting, but Crs Whitney, Kevin Collins, John Collins and Jan Clifford voted in favour and so it was passed.
"It wasn't a unanimous decision, which is quite sad but fortunately it was a majority decision and council operates by majority," Cr Whitney said.
"If it's chosen by one of the councillors not to engage in this direction that council has set I'm sure the community will be informed of it."