Prudent management of Central Highlands Regional Council’s $78.5 million capital works budget was the highlight of its first quarterly performance report for the financial year.
Chief Executive Officer Scott Mason presented the report to council this week, drawing attention to the fact that eighty percent of the capital budget had already made it to the delivery and construction phase.
‘A concentrated effort over the last 12 months to consolidate the management of our extensive capital works budget has certainly shown dividends,’ Mr Mason explained.
‘We’ve put in place a number of reporting checks and balances and introduced some technology solutions that have really helped project managers, and departmental heads, manage this considerable portfolio of work to ensure what we intend to deliver for the region is completed on time and on budget.’
‘It’s really pleasing to see the hard data this quarter that justifies the effort,’ he said.
The looming state government election also featured in council’s first quarter activities. The CEO said campaigning action began on three regional advocacy priorities.
‘Council determined that a water security audit, the feeder roads to the CQ Inland Port at Yamala, and the sealing of the Springsure Tambo Road were top priorities to bring to the government’s attention,’ he told councillors.
‘Overall, it’s been a solid start to a year that is still coping with the COVID-19 pandemic response,’ the CEO said.
‘I’ve felt and seen evidence of optimism in the community over the past three months, which can be seen in the successful and well-attended community events we’ve held and the public engagement we’ve had on a number of important issues,’ the CEO concluded.
Highlights of the first quarter performance report include:
- $5.6M airport terminal upgrade project progressing on time and on budget.
- 140 students attended the Mayoral Student Leaders Summit.
- 72 of the 84 flood warning stations were calibrated.
- Council had a finalist in the Queensland Training Awards for the fourth year running.
- A strong cattle market saw 10,000 more head through the Emerald Saleyards than expected.