HARD WORK: Council's Budget meeting in Mundubbera.
HARD WORK: Council's Budget meeting in Mundubbera. Alex Treacy

Budget decision making 'never more thorough': Chambers

MAYOR Rachel Chambers said Council's decision making on this year's Budget has "never been more thorough” after the implementation of a new framework.

"It's a fundamental change in the way we're working,” Cr Chambers said.

The Concept Approval Template (CAT) is based on Queensland Treasury Corporation's Project Decision Framework.

It is a succinct summary of the concepts being proposed and what service need it will meet.

"Council are continually confronted an ever increasing list of projects put forward as being necessary for the region,” a Council spokesman said.

"In preparing for the 2018-19 budget, Council faced a proposed $60 million in capital projects, with only $9 million to allocate towards them.”

By feeding these decisions through the CAT process, which considers alignment with strategic objectives, benefits to the community, risks of inaction, alternative options, stakeholders, and whole-of-life costs.

"This framework allows Councillors to stand by each decision made in the 2019-20 budget, as it's the best decision that can be made at the time,” the spokesman said.

"When managing rate payers money to support the future of a community we all immensely care about, this process is an absolute necessity.”

Cr Chambers said each CAT could take as long as six hours, and led to many sleepless nights among Council staff charged with delivering the Budget.

"It was a mammoth task,” she said.

"I don't want to ever put that challenge in front of staff ever again, but we (Council) saw the growth that came out of that.

"I would like to say it's been fun... it has been fun in parts.”

At the Budget meeting in Mundubbera, Cr Paul Lobegeier moved that a certificate of appreciation be issued to Council staff involved in the Budget be issued


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