Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Mayor Chambers and Councillors travelled the region during April and May to deliver information sessions around our service delivery review. These sessions included some proposed changes to service and how it might affect the community. If you missed attending an information session, you can view the recording below and get the facts on the proposed changes to road maintenance, pools, waste facilities, libraries, showgrounds and areas that we mow.
Thank you to those community members who completed either paper feedback forms or submitted online. Feedback closed 5pm, Monday 10 May 2021. Your input will assist us to create a financially sustainable future for the generations to come.
A full list of invitees is available here.
Council received the Between a Rock and a Hard Place Engagement Report as part of the 2021-2022 Budget papers tabled at it’s General Meeting on Wednesday 30 June 2021 in Gayndah.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Recorded Information Session
Watch the recorded session below. The session has been broken in to three parts.
Thank you to those who submitted feedback.
Petition - CLOSES 4.30pm, FRIDAY 14 MAY 2021
To: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
The petition of citizens of Queensland draws to the attention of the House the grave inequities which currently exist for Local Governments to deliver services, and in particular the capacity of the North Burnett Regional Council (NBRC) to deliver, what would be considered by a Queenslander, an adequate level of services.
It is the petitioners’ concern in the pursuit of financial sustainability, NBRC will leave an unsustainable community in its wake.
The current financial system which expects councils to balance their costs with revenue earnt from rates, fees, charges, and levies is unfair, unequal, and socially unjust.
The North Burnett community deserves to know within the next 12 months where the future of its region is headed. Residents deserve answers which may define if they choose to continue to live in the area and tolerate inadequate service delivery standards which have resulted in job losses, impacted liveability, and increased levels of risk to the community.
Your petitioners therefore request the House to define and cost an acceptable Queensland standard of service delivery with regards to water, wastewater, roads, and waste and make the financial sustainability of Queensland Local Government a priority.
We also alert the State to one in three Queensland Local Government areas who may share our concerns.
An online petition will be available soon, in the mean time please sign this petition at your local Customer Service Office or contact your local Councillor.
Click to download:
- Report of the Local Government Reform Commission Volume 1
- Forecasting long-term sustainability of local government Report 2: 2016–17
- Local Government Reform Commission
- “QLD State schools in Prep to Year 6, are required to offer a water safety and swimming program.” 2020
- Inquiry into the indicators of, and impact of, regional inequality in Australia
- Local Government Audit Report 18/19
- QTC’s Local Government Credit Rating and Outlook Definitions
- NBRC 2019/20 Annual Report
- Creating ‘A Plan for Generations’ | North Burnett Regional Council
- Local Government 2020 Queensland Audit Office
Links to information on the Federal Assistance Grant program:
- Financial Assistance Grant to Local Government (Federal Government Information)
- Queensland Local Government Grants Commission (Local Governments in Queensland receive a Financial Assistance Grant allocation, as determined by the Grants Commission.)
- 2021 Methodology Review (The Commission sets the distribution, of which North Burnett Regional Council are one of 35% of councils that will receive a reduced allocation.)
- Queensland Local Government Grants Commission – Methodology Review Discussion Paper
Ignite your civic duty and help us (Council), help us (Community). Download one of these templates to advocate on behalf of our community to State and Federal Ministers.
- Template Letter to State Education Minister – Pools
- Template Letter to Federal Minister – Federal Assistance Grants
- Template Letter to Deputy Premier
Letters to Ministers and Responses Received
Here are some letters that we have sent to State and Federal ministers:
- Deputy Premier – Support to achieve sustainable community
- Grace Grace MP – North Burnett Water Safety and Swimming Pools
- Mark Coulton MP – Federal Assistance Grants’s to Local Government
- Nikki Boyd MP – Thank you letter from Mayor Chambers
Community Questions and Responses from the tours
6-8pm Tuesday, 20 April 2021 @ Mt Perry Community Hall
6-8pm Wednesday, 21 April 2021 @ Gayndah Town Hall
6-8pm Wednesday, 28 April 2021 @ Mundubbera Community Hall
6-8pm Thursday, 29 April 2021 @ Biggenden Community Hall
6-8pm Wednesday, 5 May 2021 @ Eidsvold Community Hall
6-8pm Thursday, 6 May 2021 @ Monto Community Hall