Next council meeting to be moved to bigger venue

A BIG crowd is expected to attend next week's Whitsunday Regional Council meeting - but only 100 members of the public will be allowed in the doors.

The ordinary meeting will be held next Wednesday, March 12 and Mayor Jennifer Whitney has advised it will now be held at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, instead of the Council Chambers, because Council is aware a lot of community members will be attending.

"Council will have space in the public gallery for only 100 people. Doors will be open at 8.15am and the meeting will start at 9am.

"Each attendee will be required to sign in at the entrance to the Proserpine Entertainment Centre and issued with a corresponding numbered label for Workplace Health and Safety reasons," she said.

Mayor Whitney said Council always encouraged members of the public to attend Council meetings to see first-hand how the meetings functioned.

"However, Council needs to take into account that a public gallery larger than 100 people will make the hosting of a practical meeting difficult," she said.

The last ordinary meeting of Council was held in Bowen and it was moved to the PCYC after more than 700 people turned up as part of a rally to protest about the possible closure of the Bowen Council offices.


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