New meeting structure praised by Mayor

FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell has labelled the new ordinary meeting structure a success.

The council resolved late last year to shift meeting start times from 9.30am to 10am.

Another change was made removing public participation from the meeting and holding it from 9am to 9.30am on the day of meetings.

Permission is required to speak and must be granted before the public participation period begins.

"In terms of those public appointments with council, it's funny, I mean what are they participating in: it's their half hour now so I'm probably more inclined with (labelling public participation) constituent appointments with all of council, which I think is a terrific outcome," Cr O'Connell said.

"I'm reminded by my colleagues in other councils that we're one of the few councils that do it.

"Most have stepped away or it's fallen but we've maintained it and I reckon it's just good communication."

The other major change is that meetings are now held every three weeks instead of the second and fourth weeks of each month.

Cr O'Connell said he did not anticipate a need to hold meetings more frequently in the near future, but said he would be guided in part by the public.