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Bush councils improve performance amid challenges

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Bush councils improve performance amid challenges

QUEENSLAND’S rural councils have recorded an improvement in their overall performance ratings, despite battling drought and pest and weed incursions.

Findings from the 2015 Community Satisfaction Tracking Study show people believe rural councils in general are doing a better job than they were two years ago.

The Local Government Association of Queensland president Councillor Margaret de Wit said it was pleasing to see the increase in community satisfaction in areas facing challenges including lack of water security, pests, weeds and vast networks of roads to maintain.

'The rural and remote councils are working hard to deliver under the most dire circumstances of drought which has been devastating their communities for years in many cases,' she said.

'Councils are to be commended on the improvements we have seen in this latest survey.

'To record such improvement at a time when it has never been a more difficult environment for local government to operate in deserves a pat on the back for our councils.

'Councils have worked hard to achieve more with less and this is evidenced in these results.'

All categories of councils – developed metropolitan, fringe metropolitan, provincial and rural – recorded improved community satisfaction ratings in this year’s survey compared with the last one conducted in 2013.

The findings suggest councils are doing a better job of delivering important services such as building and maintaining roads, footpaths, kerbing and guttering, and providing parking facilities.

Cr de Wit urged councils to take note of the issues respondents believed were important, including the provision of basic services and infrastructure, water supply and financial management.

'The LGAQ's role is to help councils deliver more for their communities and we will continue to work with all 77 councils across the State to help them deliver even better results next time,' she said.

The 2015 Community Satisfaction Tracking Study, conducted by Morton Consulting Services and Market Facts, canvassed the opinions of 700 households across Queensland.

The independent survey is the 10th in a series that analyses community satisfaction and determines benchmarks for council performance.

Visit the Community Satisfaction Survey webpage to see this year's survey report

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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