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A new system of financial reporting is being put in place at the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council, ensuring greater transparency for the Palm Island community.

It follows the appointments of a governance advisor and a financial controller six weeks ago, which was done with the full support of the council.

A spokesperson from the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs said they were pleased with the progress being made.

“Some further time is required before a final report and recommendations are available but the early strides the council is making, working closely with governance advisor Gary Kleidon and financial controller Neil Michel, have been positive and very well supported through the efforts of the council staff and the councillors,” the spokesperson said.

“During the first six weeks of the appointments, a tremendous amount of work has been undertaken to determine the status of the council’s governance framework and financial position.

“Mr Michel is also working with councillors toward implementing a new, much more detailed reporting regime, allowing the councillors and staff to fully understand the council’s financial performance.

“The council’s staff are its most important asset and Mr Kleidon and Mr Michel are working with the council to ensure that the current structure and staffing levels are appropriate to meet its operational needs.

“The Department is also continuing to work with the council to ensure priority projects are still being delivered, including six infrastructure projects to be delivered in the coming months.”

They are:

  • Installation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to the Water Treatment Plant (WTP)
  • Internal clean, roof replacement and vermin proof the 4.5ML main drinking water storage reservoir
  • Decommission two undersized water treatment plant reservoirs and replace with a large 3ML treated water tank to increase capacity of treated water storage
  • Install additional backwash and sludge tanks and pump
  • New raw water line from Solomon Dam to WTP
  • New rising main from WTP to main reservoir.

The cleaning of the water storage reservoir is due to commence in September 2019.

Media contact: Rob Hazel 0428 067 844