George Town Council review released

THE state government has released its review of George Town Council which has highlighted, among other things, a strengthened strategic plan with better community consultation.

The report, released by Deputy Premier Bryan Green today, has also recommended improved recording of council meetings and prioritisation of a new planning scheme.

The review by Local Government Director Phillip Hoysted was done after ratepayers brought about a petition demanding that the council be investigated.

An assessment was undertaken of the council's procedures, plans, policies and practices, and interviews were conducted with elected council members, council staff and ratepayers.

The review highlighted several internal issues with the council and found issues with the appointment process and performance assessment of the general manager's position and that a number of crucial council policies were out of date and in need of review.

It found that the council needed to prepare long-term financial and asset management policies and strategic plans.

Mr Hoysted found the council was operating on a ``satisfactory'' basis which meant there was no need for a full review by the Local Government Board.

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