Isaac's $4m top-up

ISAAC Regional Council is already mentally spending the $4.063 million top-up amalgamation assistance handed over by Local Government Minister Desley Boyle last week.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Cedric Marshall said the transition into one large council from three had been a costly exercise.

“We welcome the $4.063 million and it will be well used,” he said.

“It allows us to move forward as a stronger council.”

The Isaac region covers a vast area and contains seven council offices, eight libraries and seven depots.

Cr Marshall said IRC had managed to maintain its staffing levels and would continue to invest in its workforce with the new funding.

“We have difficulty with the mining industry taking our plant operators in the field,” he said.

The funds will also be utilised to maintain and repair the region's extensive road network, parts of which were damaged by recent floodwaters.

“I'm glad that our ratepayers of our region will not have bear the significant costs of amalgamation,” said Cr Marshall.

IRC was one of six councils to receive a one-off payment after the Queensland Treasury Corporation examined 25 council submissions.

The QTC released a summary report on each council and identified IRC as having liquidity and sustainability issues.

“This $4.063 million top-up funding will help Isaac Regional Council cover the eligible costs incurred through the transition of three former shire councils into the one larger regional council,” Ms Boyle said.

The main costs were branding and signage for the new council, the new records management system, construction and maintenance of staff housing and redundancy packages for two former chief executive officers.

“At the time of the transition, Isaac received $740,000 from the $27.1 million paid out to all amalgamating councils.”

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