Southern Downs to-do list a big task for council officers

Corporate Services acting director Tony Brett.
Corporate Services acting director Tony Brett.

SOUTHERN Downs Regional Councillors requested council officers to dig up and compile a list of all the projects that were budgeted for but never started.

The four-page list, totalling $3 million, contains projects dating back to before 2005, but some could be even older with council officers unsure when at least 15 projects were first included in the budget.

The report was first brought to the table during the August committee meetings but officers were sent back to the drawing boards to make the list easier to read and understand.

During a special meeting on Monday councillors scrutinised the report and identified several irrelevant projects.

"The list of works was reviewed and a number of projects have been identified as no longer applicable for reasons which include changes in priorities, the works being incorporated into other projects, and the proposed works being contingent on other events which have not occurred," Corporate Services acting director Tony Brett said.

"The list is expected to be provided to the corporate services committee meeting next week for final review."

Among the list are half a dozen water and sewerage works projects and a $7000 project to install security gates at the Warwick Saleyards, which has been on the books since 2005.

"There has been ongoing works at the saleyards including the security gates, wash down bay key system and yards and walkway improvements over the past few years and these have been done in order of priority or as determined by the Saleyards Advisory Committee," Mr Brett said.

"The works to finalise the gates are now under way."

The council are unsure how long plans to upgrade the fire alarm system at the Warwick Town Hall have been on the books but additional money was allocated to the project this year.

Mr Brett said as it was not a requirement to have the system upgraded the original money had been used for more important projects.

"At present there is no monitored alarm system in place and these funds were placed in the budget so that if council was to decide to upgrade the system, funds would be available," he said.

Other high priority projects include replacing the carpet in the Stanthorpe council office, upgrading the Stanthorpe swimming pool change rooms and installing security cameras in the Stanthorpe Art Gallery.

Seven projects regarding upgrades to both the Warwick and Stanthorpe cemeteries are also yet to start and it is unknown how long ago the majority of them were included in the budget.

To view the full list of projects visit southerndowns.qld.gov.au and click on 'Council Meetings', then 'Special meetings - October 8'

Topics:  budget, finance, local government, projects, southern downs regional council



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