Support for moving council meetings despite Mayor's refusal

A PUSH to shift some fortnightly council meetings to outlying areas of the Fraser Coast is gathering support, despite the Mayor saying last week there will be no changes.

Councillor James Hansen made it known at last Wednesday's ordinary meeting that he believes any such move would be successful and Cr Phil Truscott said he would also back the idea.

Also supportive of holding meetings in places other than Maryborough or Hervey Bay were the Burrum Chamber of Commerce and the Tiaro District Community Centre.

Tiaro District Community Centre co-ordinator Jeff Taylor said the move was an important one if the council wanted all of its residents to feel part of the Fraser Coast community.

"The common thread to most conversations that involve council out this way is that it's Bay-centric," Mr Taylor said.

"We have trouble getting council representatives to our community meetings - people are feeling left out."

Burrum Chamber of Commerce president Mal Chard said the meetings would be successful provided the council promoted them ahead of time and he said the chamber had been calling for a change to the meeting structure for more than a year.

"We've brought this up in chamber quite a number of times and we've told the Mayor that we believe it's a good idea," Mr Chard said.