DSC re­port shows the progress, says Leu

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MAYOR Ju­lia Leu said the 2014-15 An­nual Re­port for­mally adopted by Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil on Tues­day high­lights the achieve­ments of the new Coun­cil.

The an­nual re­port for Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil’s first full financial year of op­er­a­tions since de-amal­ga­ma­tion also de­tails the financial state­ments, en­dorsed by the Queens­land Au­dit Of­fice.

Mayor Leu said the an­nual re­port was proof that Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil was fi­nan­cially sus­tain­able and sig­ni­fied a bright fu­ture for the re­gion.

“The bet­ter-than-ex­pected financial state­ments show DSC has a re­ally strong financial foot­ing,” she said.

“Financial sus­tain­abil­ity is the pri­mary fo­cus of our Coun­cil and this financial re­sult – al­most $4 mil­lion bet­ter than bud­geted – is a re­mark­able re­sult and demon­strates we are well on the way to se­cur­ing the fu­ture of the Dou­glas Shire for on­go­ing gen­er­a­tions.

“We have an ex­ten­sive and un­prece­dented cap­i­tal works pro­gram of al­most $20 mil­lion this financial year, we’re se­cur­ing fed­eral and state gov­ern­ment grants above what we bud­geted for and we’re pro­vid­ing more than $750,000 in fund­ing to com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions an­nu­ally.

“Coun­cil works with the com­mu­nity and busi­ness, in­clud­ing the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments to achieve a strong, vi­brant and sus­tain­able econ­omy with job op­por­tu­ni­ties and an en­joy­able life­style.

“It’s an out­stand­ing achieve­ment in such a short time, which is a trib­ute to our CEO, our gen­eral man­agers and all our staff who take so much pride in what they do.

“There’s ab­so­lutely no doubt de-amal­ga­ma­tion has been an out­stand­ing suc­cess in the Dou­glas Shire and I urge ev­ery­one to go to Coun­cil’s web­site and see for them­selves what a great po­si­tion we’re in as a com­mu­nity.”

To see the An­nual Re­port go to www.dou­glas.qld.gov.au.

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