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Somerset finances in top eight of state

SOMERSET Regional Council is one of only eight councils across the state to score top marks for financial sustainability and management from the Queensland Audit Office (QAO).

Published: 21st February 2020

SOMERSET Regional Council is one of only eight councils across the state to score top marks for financial sustainability and management from the Queensland Audit Office (QAO).

The QAO’s report to Parliament on 20 February showed Somerset scored green lights for all assessed categories including control, monitoring, risk assessment, communication, timeliness, quality and financial sustainability.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the report reflected council’s practical approach to financial management and service provision.

“Somerset Regional Council has always operated within its means and within ratepayers’ means,” Cr Lehmann said.

“We have about 1,500km of constructed local roads with a much smaller rate base than our neighbouring councils and it is vital that we manage what we have effectively for the long-term sustainability and prosperity of our region.

“We are open and transparent, we take practical steps to safeguard public funds from waste and misuse and we have achieved the top financial rating without having the multi-million dollar computer systems of other councils.

“Council was pleased to welcome the Auditor-General of Queensland, Brendan Worrall, to Esk this week – our first ever official visit by an Auditor-General – where we discussed matters in the QAO’s report.”

The QAO report is available at qao.qld.gov.au.

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