Some disagreement but planning policy goes ahead

July 11, 2017

TWO Campaspe Shire councillors spoke against a new policy at the council meeting last week, saying they did not have enough time to digest it.

Council adopted the service planning policy on Tuesday last week.

It is expected to ensure the planning for council services complies with established principles across the whole organisation and services council provides meet the community’s needs in a cost effective and financially sustainable manner.

But councillors Daniel Mackrell and Annie Vickers both said they were not given enough time to understand it.

Cr Mackrell spoke against the policy, ‘‘due to the very quick nature of it coming into council’’.

‘‘I would not like to make a decision very quickly on behalf of the whole council.’’

Cr Mackrell did not offer an alternative motion, meaning the item could have been left without a decision.

‘‘Just before you finish, so we don’t end up without a decision ... are you foreshadowing anything in relation to what you’ve just spoken?’’ mayor Adrian Weston asked.

But Cr Mackrell chose not to foreshadow an alternative motion.

Cr Vicki Neele, who is also new to council, said she was confident council had enough information to make a decision.

‘‘It’s a framework ... it’s not actually detailing the specifics and on that basis I think I can support this with confidence,’’ she said.

n the end all councillors, including Cr Mackrell and Vickers, voted to adopt the policy.

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