Council Watch – 3 June 2022

Amanda Hay
Amanda Hay

The following are my views, not those of the Editor. Any threats of legal action can be directed to me.


Congratulations to Cr Jeff McConnell who was appointed as Deputy Mayor on 24 May 2022 for a period of 12 months. 

The Mayor nominated Cr Enright for a second term, pointing out that Cr McInness had been reappointed for a second term previously. Cr McInness was quick to point out that his terms in the role were under two different councils. 

The Mayor praised Cr Enright for the gravitas he brought to the role. 

The Mayor called for a seconder, which was met by total silence, and the motion lapsed for want of a seconder.

Cr McInness nominated Cr McConnell. 

The Mayor and Cr Enright spoke against this motion. The Mayor stated (and I am paraphrasing here) that he felt a councillor would benefit from a full previous term (as a councillor) before being Deputy Mayor, and that he felt that Cr McConnell had “some foundations” which he felt were less than what he thinks is stable for the Deputy Mayor and that he required “further development” to be ready for the role.  He also expressed concern that this may be premature.

Cr West did not concur. 

The vote was interesting in that the tide appears to have turned:

Those who voted “for” Cr McConnell:  Divisions 1,2,3,5 and 6. “Against”: Mayor and Division 4. 

No surprises there. 

The Deputy Mayor has a role as joint member in the performance review of the CEO.

Make a Submission

Public consultation of the draft Major Amendment to the Scenic Rim Planning Scheme 2020. 

A shame we are yet to be advised of the issues highlighted in the 500 plus submissions made to the Draft Growth Management Strategy. 

The public consultation period will conclude on 3 July 2022 (33 business days). 

There are 20 proposed amendments. Please have your say.

Delay in CEO appointment

At the time of writing the SRRC CEO position has not been advertised.  Hands up who thinks a new CEO will be found before the current one is scheduled to depart?

Development Applications 

MCU22/039 – 27 Birnam Street, Beaudesert. Boundary realignment and five additional multiple dwellings (4 x 3 bedroom, 1 x 2 bedroom) tightly squeezed on a lot of 1,334m2. Existing  house on front lot to remain. 

RAL22/015 – 236 Birnam Range Road, Beaudesert. Boundary realignment.

OPW22/014 – Octagonal Crescent, Beaudesert. Roadworks.

MCU22/037 – Moogerah Connection Road, (or 1 Alford Street) Moogerah. Resort-style three storey dwelling on 6,392sqm. Code assessable! “Portions of the site are within the Landslide Hazard Overlay however a geotechnical report will be prepared by a suitably qualified consultant and provided to the certifier at the Building Approval stage. The application proposes a significant site cut in order to facilitate building on the existing slope, which will also alleviate impacts of building height.” See: ECM_11720878_v1_Proposed Architectural Plans (

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