Kerry Smeltzer from the Office of the Co-ordinator General is available anytime by phone or email to answer questions about Mary Valley landholdings.
Kerry Smeltzer from the Office of the Co-ordinator General is available anytime by phone or email to answer questions about Mary Valley landholdings. Renee Pilcher

A simple mistake causes kerfuffle

A BASIC human error has left a government official red-faced after being criticised for fobbing off the Mary Valley people when she failed to turn up to answer their questions on a designated day.

Community information sessions were organised for a representative of the Office of the Co-ordinator General to be available and listen to concerns relating to leases and sales of Mary Valley landholdings, every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

The first Thursday meeting was held on October 27 at the Kandanga Information Centre and eight people took up the offer.

Several Mary Valley residents turned up again last Thursday, but no representative was available due to a mix-up with the dates.

Manager of the Office of the Coordinator-General's Business Development Land Acquisition and Management Branch, Kerry Smeltzer said as soon as the error was identified, a member of staff immediately went to the centre.

She assured the Mary Valley community the meetings would continue and would definitely have a representative every second and fourth Thursday of each month.

"It is my intention to be available at any time, and not only at the Community Information Sessions," Ms Smeltzer said.

"We're dealing with 472 properties. That's a lot of people. We are here to answer any questions relating to the Office of Co-ordinator General's Mary Valley landholdings. If we can't answer any question straight away then we'll look into it and get back to them."

The department also holds Community Stakeholder Reference Group meetings every two months and yesterday facilitated a workshop run by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation on how to access Qld Government tenders.

The workshop was attended by 20 of the region's real estate agents who learned how to pitch for government tenders.

A Major Projects Forum, will be held today at the TAFE college.

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