Mayor Gerard O'Connell appointed to WBW board
THE council will be looking for a new leader if it sacks the latest Wide Bay Water Corporation board director, following Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell's appointment to the role.
"The change brings us back to where it all began: councillors sat on the board when the corporation was first formed until the State Government changed the legislation to remove them," the Mayor said on Wedensday.
Cr O'Connell has been attending board meetings as an observer.
The Mayor will not be paid director fees for his appointment, which are about $1000 per meeting.
Cr O'Connell said the change would allow the council to have greater participation in the running of WBW and strengthen the relationship between the council and the corporation.
"The two organisations are well on track to streamline their operations to ensure we complement each other to provide first-class water and waste-water services," he said.
Cr O'Connell thanked the State Government for allowing councillors to sit on board which was made possible after recent legislation changes.
"We appreciate the work put in by the government and department to give us a hearing and make changes," he said.
In July, Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said the government would evaluate its position
It followed the council's failed attempt to bring WBWC back under its control, five sackings or resignations from the WBWC board since July, and Cr Rolf Light's decision to resign from the water and wastewater portfolio.