Maintaining scrutiny on the council
EDITORIAL: Current goings-on at the Fraser Coast Regional Council should be of concern to ratepayers.
It is alarming that it has what is now widely known as a "dark side" - even more so than the den of division appears to embrace the title.
Some councillors are increasingly attempting to operate in the dark, away from public scrutiny.
But working in the dark takes effort and is a wasteful distraction from the things that need to be done.
It is not only the "dark alliance" that is of concern, though.
Mayor Gerard O'Connell appears to be increasingly seeking out council-friendly media and shutting the door on those who would ask the harder questions.
Interestingly, when Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson was on the Fraser Coast he spoke openly about pushing the council message through the media. If that means avoiding scrutiny it is a very bad plan.
Former AFL chief Andrew Demetriou warned councillors at the Local Government Association Queensland conference on Tuesday to ban the "spin".
"It is easy to sell the truth," Mr Demetriou told the gathering.
That is, unless it is a bad truth.
The Chronicle will keep asking the hard questions whether the council likes it or not.
Those who fail to talk openly and frankly should be given the boot at the next election.