A radical and unconventional idea has been floated for Cairns Regional Council to adopt a charter.
Michael Bryan, a supporter of CAFNEC, the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre, is promoting a 'Charter of Open Government' for our council.
Amoung other things, he suggests Council should hold no secrets from the community, with details of contracts and tenders, along with results of decisions, should be made public.
He also wants all meetings open to the public, and a radical idea like a Council-run newspaper, providing a vehicle to promote and tell their own story. Bryan also wants the Council to utilise community radio, to explain its decisions to the ratepayers.
Councillor Rob Pyne is trying to stimulate a discussion to embrace the establishment such guidelines or 'rules', but so far has had little support.
"Maybe we could adopt it as policy and call it our charter," Rob Pyne says. "I'm keen for this to be the focus of a public discussion."
Pyne says that some of the points raised were originally put by Ted Mack in Sydney.
"You would go a long way to find a more honest and ethical man than Ted," Pyne says. "This is a debate worth having!"
Whislt the idea has great merit, it frankly needs a great deal more work. Here's the proposed "charter":