Golder 'missing in action': Deputy mayor Jan Chambers
DEPUTY mayor Jan Chambers has called out mayor Tyson Golder for his "embarrassing snub" of the Maranoa council's hosting of the LGAQ Bush Council Convention.
More than 150 mayors and councillors from across regional and remote Queensland were in attendance, including councillors from Maranoa.
Cr Chambers described the conference as "a massive boost for our regional economy and a significant event in the local government calendar" but said the mayor only attended the opening of the event.
"Residents have told me they are not happy about this lack of involvement and leadership," Cr Chambers said.
"It's not every day that such an important event comes to our own backyard, and to see our very own mayor a 'no show' for the majority of the convention when it has been in his calendar for 12 months is very disappointing but, sadly, residents have come to expect this type of arrogance.
"Mayor Golder's non-attendance is yet another example of his lack of leadership and failure to grasp opportunities for our region.
"It was simply not good enough to only attend the opening of the convention and ignore the rest of the three days of presentations, discussions and networking.
"His absence was well and truly noted by attendees who were also surprised by his concurrent announcement that he is running for Mayor again.
"It failed to overshadow this powerful event for our community which was the largest bush council convention to date."