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Items of Interest – Council Meeting 12 October 2016

By October 13, 2016November 24th, 2017No Comments

Audit Report Shows Confidence in Council

In yesterday’s Council meeting, Mayor Tom Gilmore congratulated Council staff on their commendable efforts in managing Council’s finances and assets after having received an unqualified report from the Queensland Auditor General.

Mayor Tom Gilmore said the fact that the auditors made no comment on the report indicates that Mareeba Shire Council is operating effectively and efficiently.

“This is the second year in a row we have received a clear audit without comment and it is very pleasing indeed,” Cr Gilmore said.

Furthermore the Queensland Audit Office presented a report into the long-term sustainability of the State’s Councils to Parliament.

The report indicates that Mareeba Shire Council is performing favourably among other Councils with an average operating surplus ratio of 8.33 per cent, which is up there with the best in the State.

Cr Gilmore said this report confirms that Council’s future remains secure and sustainable in the long-term.

“This has been Council’s focus over the past two and a half years and this report gives us the confidence that our efforts so far have been well directed and that our future plans for long-term sustainability are well placed,” Cr Gilmore said.

Oakey Creek Bridge Upgrade

Mareeba Shire Council  has   received   funding   through   the   Australian   Government   Bridges   Renewal Programme  contributing  to  the  upgrade  of  the  Oakey  Creek  timber  bridge  on  Springmount Road.

Council awarded the tender to Kenmac Constructions Pty Ltd for the refurbishment and concrete upgrade of Oakey Creek Bridge at a cost of $354,167.

Due  to  the  nature  of  the  works  and  the  significance  of  the  bridge  in  the  regional  road transport  network,  construction will  commence following the completion the sugar cane harvesting season in December.

Mayor Tom Gilmore said the  local  community,  emergency services  and  transport  agencies  will  be  advised  of  the bridge  upgrade  and  subsequent  road  closures  required  for  the  duration  of construction.

Library Plans for Future

The Mareeba Shire Council Library Service Strategic Plan 2016-20 was presented to Council for consideration and adoption at yesterday’s meeting.

Councillors moved the Strategic Plan which demonstrates the management and operational practices which strive to be consistent with the Queensland Public Library Standards and Guidelines.

Mayor Tom Gilmore said, “The Library Services’ Strategic Plan will be used as a foundational document to guide collection management, policy, procedure and library practise in accordance with the directives outlined in Council’s Corporate Plan.”

The six goals outlined in the document focus on digital engagement strategies, access to grant funding and utilising online resources for education and training.

Welcome News for Water Users

Water users across the Shire will soon be able to take advantage of unutilised water allocations after Council today moved to allow the temporary transfer of Council’s unused water provisions.

Council agreed to commence a tender process for the temporary transfer of the seven lots of 100 megalitres medium priority water allocations for an initial maximum period of 12 months.

Mayor Tom Gilmore said over the past two years, Council has received interest from Water Brokers and industry groups such as the Tableland Cane Growers Association and Mareeba and District  Fruit  and Vegetable  Growers  Association  wishing  to  make use of Council’s unutilised water allocations.

“The  tender  process  would  allow  Council  to  recoup  costs  for  the  unused  water allocation  whilst  still  retaining  ownership  of  the  water  allocation.”

These arrangements will provide allocation transfers for periods of between three months and one year.