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Late Items

Business Paper


General Meeting


Wednesday 24 July 2013


Roma Administration Centre




Date: 23 July 2013



Mayor:                                                    Councillor R S Loughnan


Deputy Mayor:                                        Councillor W S Wason

Councillors:                                             Councillor J L Chambers

                                                              Councillor R J Denton

                                                              Councillor P J Flynn

                                                              Councillor W M Newman

                                                              Councillor C J O’Neil

                                                              Councillor M L Price

                                                              Councillor D J Schefe


Chief Executive Officer:                            Ms Julie Reitano


Senior Management:                                Mr Tony Klein (Director Community & Commercial Services)

                                                              Mr Michael Parker (Acting Director Infrastructure Services)

                                                              Mr Rob Hayward (Director Development, Facilities & Environmental Services)


Officers:                                                  Ms Jane Frith (Coordinator Corporate Communications)


Please find attached agenda for the General Meeting to be held at the Roma Administration Centre on July 24, 2013 at 9.00am.

Julie Reitano

Chief Executive Officer


Maranoa Regional Council


General Meeting -  24 July 2013


Item       Subject



L            Late Items

L.1        Southern Queensland Country Tourism Support for Contestable Grant       2

Prepared by:      Edward Sims, Manager - Major Projects, Economic Development & Tourism

Attachment :       SQCT Contestable Grant Council support............................. 4   


Maranoa Regional Council


General Meeting -  24 July 2013

Officer Report

Meeting: General  24 July 2013

Date: 22 July 2013

Item Number: L.1

File Number: D13/31434


Subject Heading:                     Southern Queensland Country Tourism Support for Contestable Grant

Classification:                                  Open Access  

Name of Applicant:                        


Author & Officer’s Title:                 Edward Sims, Manager - Major Projects, Economic Development & Tourism


Executive Summary: 


Following a request in writing from Southern Queensland Country Tourism, in April 2013 Council gave its “in principle” support for an increase in annual membership fees for 2013-14 of $1792.00 .


This increase is in support of SQCT to win operational funds in direct proportion to its member contributions.  Any new funds derived from this process this year will be directed to supporting the 2014 Autumn campaign.


This report seeks Council’s resolution to formally approve the increase and incorporate in its budget for the 2013-14 financial year.



Officer’s Recommendation: 

Council approves the increase of $1792.00 for the 2013-14 membership year and authorises the Chief Executive Officer to endorse the notice of commitment attached to this report.



Body of Report:


Southern Queensland Country Tourism (SQCT) must compete with the other Regional Tourism Associations across Queensland for grants for its operational funds from government.  Funds are granted in direct proportion to member contributions, accordingly all local governments in the SQCT, RTO area have been requested to consider an increased contribution.


The requested additional amount represents an increase over and above the 2012-13 membership subscription of $15,206.00, making our total commitment for 2013-14 to $16,998.00.


The approval by Council of this increase in financial support will provide SQCT with a chance of a broader financial base by virtue of potential increased financial support from government , and additional funds with which to promote the region and support advertising and promotional expenditure for the autumn campaign for 2014.

Consultation (internal/external):

MRC Chief Executive Officer Julie Reitano

MRC Councilor Ree Price

Risk Assessment (Legal, Financial, Political etc.):


Policy Implications:


Financial Resource Implications:



Link to Corporate Plan:

Corporate Plan 2009-2013 8.4.2(a) To identify and implement actions that facilitates the development of the regional tourism industry.

Supporting Documentation:


SQCT Contestable Grant Council support



Report authorised by:

Julie Reitano, Chief Executive Officer

Attachment 1

SQCT Contestable Grant Council support