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    Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Mayors and councillors mastering financial sustainability

    Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009

    Mayors and councillors mastering financial sustainability

    The Bligh Government’s financial management master class for local councils is on next Wednesday, September 23, in Longreach to help Mayors and Councillors become more financially savvy, Local Government Minister Desley Boyle announced today.

    “Ratepayers are demanding more from their modern councils and so the one-day master class is designed to help Mayors and Councillors gain the skills,” Ms Boyle said.

    “Over the next three years alone, we are spending more than $430 million to help local government build essential community infrastructure – from sewage treatment plants to community halls – and keep Queensland’s economy moving,” she said.

    “It is important that these assets are managed for today and for the future and that their full cost, including depreciation, is accounted for.”

    Ms Boyle said the master class would help ensure councillors were able to fulfill their obligations under the Bligh Government’s Sustainability and Reporting initiative which is helping councils achieve better planning, asset management and sustainability outcomes.

    “It is critical that all elected representatives take the management of key public assets seriously, understanding that best-practice financial management and sustainability go far beyond simply voting through an annual budget,” she said.

    “The new National Frameworks for Local Government stipulate that all councils across Australia must have asset management plans in place for all asset classes by December 2010.

    “An audit of 57 mainland councils found that there were 18 different asset classes managed by councils across Queensland. The average for a council is 13 asset classes, however, most councils are lucky to have asset management plans for even two of these.

    “I encourage all Mayors and elected representatives to get along and learn how to keep delivering for their communities.”

    The master class will feature presentations from the Queensland Treasury Corporation, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia and the Department of Infrastructure and Planning.

    Workshops are also being held in Redlands on September 29 and in Cairns on October 16.

    Media Contact: Minister Boyle’s Office 3227 8819