Council documents secrecy lifted

Council documents secrecy lifted

Documents relating to the lease of the council-owned Beachport medical centre premises have recently been released into the public domain.

The documents had been held in confidence for over a year but became eligible to be read following a decision at the April monthly council meeting.

The lease had become available at the end of 2022 after the withdrawal of the Limestone Coast Medical Trust.

It operates clinics at Robe, Kingston, Lucindale and Padthaway but it was unable to replace two departing doctors at Beachport.

A medical practice at Mount Gambier initially sought the lease but withdrew after it too was unable to staff it with doctors.

Council then considered a now-public proposal from the Medical Clinic Millicent and awarded it the lease.

Another matter released from the confidential file by the April council meeting related to tenders for signage.

A staff report had recommended the Beachport lease and signage tender be made public with a further 20 matters retain their confidential status for at least a further 12 months.

There was little debate and all recommendations were accepted in a block moved by and seconded by David Walshaw and John 

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