Mid Murray Council not yet satisfied with assessment panel’s makeup

Cambrai office: Mid Murray councillors debated a revision of the district's development assessment panel at a meeting at Cambrai last week. Photo: File.

Cambrai office: Mid Murray councillors debated a revision of the district's development assessment panel at a meeting at Cambrai last week. Photo: File.

It wasn't quite a vote of no confidence: only one person applied to lead the Mid Murray Council's new assessment panel, and councillors' response was "maybe".

Bruce Ballantyne, presiding member of the outgoing development assessment panel, expressed an interest in leading the body that will replace it on October 1.

But at a council meeting last week, Cr Mardi Jennings said he had held the role for a long time and a change might be in order.

“I don’t have a personal objection to the man, but … boards are most effective when there are changes in profile, skill levels and ability,” she said.

The council will now repeat a call for expressions of interest in the role.

Sharon Jardine, Kelly Mader and Graham Gaston will continue as independent members of the new panel, required as part of statewide planning system changes.

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