SCENIC Rim Regional Council has released the 2016-2017 annual report, showing that increased rates and utility charges helped to boost the SRRC’s total income to $94.4 million, an increase of $19.3 million from the previous year.
Total expenses came to $77.4 million with 36 per cent going on employee benefits and 39 per cent on materials and services.
The report shows wages went up by $1.9 million due to a pay rise in July 2016, with the mayor earning $136,710 in wages and superannuation and most councillors earning $72,628 each .
Cr Christensen’s expenses came to $13,383 and councillors’ expense bills ranged from $3,781 for Michael Enright to $9,329 for Virginia West.
Expenses included mobile devices, council vehicles and attending training and conferences.
The report gave council top marks for performance in areas such as fire mitigation, pest control and environmental initiatives.
It also listed achievements including road upgrades, bridge repairs and tourism promotion.
Mayor Greg Christensen said the document provided a snapshot of council's financial and operational performance for the year.
“It is council's report card to the community as to how the organisation's achievements have progressed the desired outcomes of the Scenic Rim Community Plan,” he said.
“I encourage everyone to take a look at the Scenic Rim 2016-17 annual report and gain an insight into the work council is doing to advance this shared vision for our region.
Cr Christensen said 2016-17 had been a year of extremes.
“We achieved some significant milestones during the year: construction of the Beaudesert town centre bypass; activation of intermodal freight and logistics capacity within the Bromelton state development area; the completion of our first master planned town centre precinct in Boonah’s Railway Street; and our most successful Eat Local Week yet," he said.
"At the same time, ex-tropical cyclone Debbie at the end of March delivered the most significant flooding the region has experienced in the past two decades.
“The forces of nature dealt a major blow to council’s road and bridge infrastructure, leaving a damage bill of more than $40 million.”
Rates and utility charges were up $3.4 million which the report stated is in line with the budgeted rates increase.
Almost half of the $30.7 million capital expenditure went towards road works with a further $6.8 million spent on bridges.
The extensive report is available for public scrutiny at scenicrim.qld.gov.au