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Update on Dauth Park tennis courts EOI

Published: 16 July 2018

Update on Dauth Park tennis courts EOI

Logan City Council regrets that an update on the outcome of the Expression of Interest for the Dauth Park tennis courts has been deferred.

There was no quorum in this morning's City Lifestyle and Community Committee after four Councillors declared real or potential conflicts of interest and left the room.

Acting CEO Silvio Trinca spoke with the councillors who declared conflicts of interest to ask them whether they wanted to delegate or defer the matter. The decision was made to defer the matter to a future meeting of the City Lifestyle and Community Committee.

City of Logan Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said that although the declared conflicts of interest were not directly as a result of new legislation, many Councils are facing similar quorum issues.

"In speaking with other Councils, there are certainly some teething issues with the new rules, and we are seeing more Councillors err on the side of caution in regards to declaring conflicts," said Cr Dalley.

"We are committed to undertaking our duties as councillors and representing the interests of our community, however our legislative requirements for quorum numbers along with multiple conflicts of interest has unfortunately resulted in the deferral of this item.

"We are writing to Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe today to request a review of legislative quorum requirements for those Councils with suspended elected representatives, and we are also reviewing our own standing committee memberships to try to alleviate some of the quorum issues we face.”

Cr Dalley said Council had at all times acted in good faith to try and resolve the tennis tenancy dispute.

"Council initiated and assessed an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the tennis courts facility in accordance with standard procedures for all EOIs. A probity officer was also appointed to ensure transparency and accountability,” she said.