Special meeting held at Dajarra

Cloncurry Shire Council with mayor Greg Campbell (back to camera) about to hold its first meeting in Dajarra since 2011.
Cloncurry Shire Council with mayor Greg Campbell (back to camera) about to hold its first meeting in Dajarra since 2011.

It was a long time coming but Cloncurry Shire Council has held its first Council meeting in Dajarra since 2011.

The Council meeting was held on Tuesday at Jimberella Hall, Dajarra following a barbecue before the meeting for the community. 

The community centre was packed before the event for the barbecue and those present were treated to the first showing of a video singer Josh Arnold made with the local state school last March.

But when it came down to the council, the chamber emptied rapidly leaving just councillors and staff to get on with business, interrupted only by a stray bird that found its way into the hall.

Cloncurry Shire Council Mayor Greg Campbell said they were delighted to get back to Dajarra, about 170km south-west of Cloncurry town.

“Council is happy to start up this initiative again to hold at least one Council meeting in Dajarra each year,” Cr Campbell said.

Council is happy to start up this initiative again to hold at least one Council meeting in Dajarra each year

Mayor Greg Campbell

“This is a great opportunity for the community to come along and see what a Council meeting looks like.”

Cr Campbell said they encouraged residents to talk to councillors over a sausage during this time to discuss any ideas or issues 

The meeting itself passed without major incident.

Some of the decisions taken at the meeting included the approval of contracted work to improve Florence Clarke Park in Cloncurry although a decision to engage James Cook University to provide a community plan was deferred pending further information.

A motion to contract the firm Interflow to provide sewerage mains works in the vicinity north of Leichhardt St to the value of $178,000 was also passed however Crs Swalling and McGree had noted similar work in the same part of town before and wanted assurance the area defined for the work was correct.

The motion also allocated $61,000 from the council’s 2016-2017 budget to cover the full cost of the additional relining work.