Council meeting twice monthly to speed decisions

District Council of Mallala will adopt a bi-monthly meeting structure from this month in a bid to streamline its decision-making practices.

DCM chief executive officer, Charles Mansueto, said council’s Strategic Community and Governance Committee recently proposed the change, which would see council conduct two meetings per month instead of its usual one, and the initiative was endorsed at council’s April 28 meeting.

Under the new structure council’s Strategic Infrastructure and Planning Committee, as well as its Strategic Community and Governance Committee, will no longer exist.

Items and issues previously presented to these committees will now go directly to the full council, which will meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

“Adopting a two council meeting structure will provide council with an improved and streamlined decision making framework,” Mr Mansueto said.

“Not having to wait until next month to make a decision will keep the decision-making process rolling.”

DCM mayor, Duncan Kennington said the decision was unanimous by councillors and the twice monthly meetings would help speed up the decisions by council.

“Because we now have two council meetings a month instead of one we can spend more time going into detail and also it means we can deal with some issues in a more timely fashion,” Mr Kennington said.

“With the previous committee system we were often going over old ground with discussion and debate.”

The  changes start this month, on May 12 and May 26. Council’s existing advisory committees, which are predominately made up of community members, will continue in their current format.

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