A review of the operations of Banana Shire Council Queensland has identified several areas where council procedures and operations were sub-standard or did not comply with legislative requirements.
The report identifies instances of mismanagement around the council’s handling of development applications and assessment procedures and aspects of its commercial operations.
However, it did not find any evidence of corruption or unethical conduct.
Local Government Minister Warren Pitt said “The report did identify failure in a number of areas, including compliance with the Environmental Protection Act, the Integrated Planning Act and meeting Integrated Development Assessment System timeframes.”
“We will be working in partnership with Banana Shire Council to implement all the recommendations from this report as well as assisting council to organise training for council officers so that they may better serve their communities.
Minister Pitt said he made the report public “so that other councils across Queensland are aware of the high standards expected of them, and the implications of not achieving those standards”.
A copy of the report is available here
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