At Toowoomba Regional Council, we are responsible for the transparent and effective management of the Toowoomba Region’s local government area.

Queensland Councils are empowered by section 9 of the Local Government Act, 2009 to ensure the sound governance of their local authority.

Councillor roles and responsibilities are wide-ranging with Council responsible for providing key infrastructure developments, as well as strategic leadership and sustainable future planning.

With its various touch points to the community, local government is regarded as the grassroots level of government and is the most accessible to the people it represents.

Councillors are elected to directly represent the interests of our community, with each Councillor offering an individual perspective to decisions the region makes on behalf of residents and ratepayers.

We encourage community members to get involved by participating in community engagement programs, as well as informing Councillors of community issues and concerns. Information and contact details are provided for each Councillor on the following pages.

One resolution was made during the financial year under section 250(2) Local Government Regulation 2012. An amendment to Council Policy 2.53 Expenses Reimbursement (Councillors) was adopted on 26 June 2017

Resolutions were made during the financial year under section 206(2): Nill resolution was made pursuant to section 206(2).

 

Councillor remuneration (Section 186 (a) Local Government Regulation 2012)

Councillor remuneration

Councillor 

Remuneration 

Superannuation paid by Council 

Total

Antonio, Paul Cr $168,503 $20,234 $188,737
Taylor, Carol Cr  $114,888 $13,796 $128,684
Sommerfield, Nancy Cr  $99,570 $11,957  $111,527 
McDonald, Geoff Cr $99,570 $11,957   $111,527 
O'Hara Sullivan, Megan Cr $99,570 $11,957   $111,527 
O'Shea, James Cr $99,570 $11,957   $111,527 
Williams, Mike Cr $99,570 $11,957   $111,527 
Cahill, Bill Cr $99,570 $11,957  $111,527
Tait, Chris Cr $99,570 $11,957  $111,527
Ramia, Joe Cr $99,570 $11,957  $111,527
Glasheen, Anne Cr $99,570 $11,957  $111,527
Total $1,179,521 $141,643 $1,321,164

*Rounded to the nearest $

 

Facilities provided to Councillors (Section 186 (b) )

Facilities and devices

 Councillor Laptop computer Smart phone iPad Motor vehicle
Antonio, Paul Cr   Tick  Tick  Tick  Tick
Taylor, Carol Cr   Tick  Tick  Tick  Tick
Sommerfield, Nancy Cr   Tick  Tick  Tick  Tick
McDonald, Geoff Cr  Tick  Tick  Tick  
O'Hara Sullivan, Megan Cr  Tick  Tick  Tick  Tick
O'Shea, James Cr  Tick  Tick  Tick  Tick
Williams, Mike Cr  Tick  Tick  Tick  Tick
Cahill, Bill Cr Tick Tick Tick Tick
Tait, Chris Cr Tick Tick Tick Tick
Ramia, Joe Cr Tick Tick Tick Tick
Glasheen, Anne Cr Tick Tick Tick Tick

 

Councillor expenses (Section 186 (b) Local Government Regulation 2012)

Councillor expenses and vehicles

       
 Councillor Accommodation ($) Professional development Travel & transfers Council vehicle Meals ($)  Community engagement ($) Hospitality ($) Total ($)
Councillor payment ($)  Cost ($)
Antonio, Paul Cr  $4,483.27  $4,917.64 $17,513.14 -$3,214.10 $20,725.87 $738.08 $1,837.27 $2,304.96 $49,306.13
Taylor, Carol Cr  $3,455.72 $8,325.19 $1,831.50 -$3,214.10 $14,427.07 $1,023.59 $487.06   $26,336.03
Sommerfield, Nancy Cr  $2,922.41 $7,284.60 $4,878.71 -$3,214.10 $15,574.09 $787.67 $313.90   $28,547.28
McDonald, Geoff Cr $1,684.89   $4,832.61 $3,805.99     $316.59 $158.91   $10,798.99
O'Hara Sullivan, Megan Cr $251.73  $3,385.74 $180.14 -$3,214.10 $11,605.56 $316.59 $251.64   $12,777.30
O'Shea, James Cr $1,150.00 $2,855.21 $3,619.88 -$3,214.10 $9,906.24 $462.07 $50.00   $14,829.30
Williams, Mike Cr $251.73 $1,956.36   -$3,214.10 $15,596.09 $316.58     $14,906.67
Cahill, Bill Cr $975.01 $3,102.32   -$3,214.10 $14,324.04 $316.59 $36.36   $15,540.21
Tait, Chris Cr $251.74 $2,561.51   -$3,214.10 $14,882.16 $316.59 $77.27   $14,875.17
Ramia, Joe Cr $933.55 $3,515.57 $709.13 -$3,214.10 $10,464.00 $550.95 $27.27   $12,986.37
Glasheen, Anne Cr $2,491.23 $7,370.24 $700.02 -$3,214.10 $15,864.25 $632.86 $285.29   $24,129.79
Total $18,851.28 $50,106.99 $33,238.51 -$32,141.00 $143,369.37 $5,778.16 $3,524.97 $2,304.96 $225,033.24

* Overseas travel costs are included in the Councillor's expenses and vehicles summary 

 

Number of Local Government meetings attended (Section 186 (c) Local Government Regulation 2012)

Council meeting attendance     

 Councillor   Meetings attended    Absent

 Committee Meetings

(11 meetings total)

Ordinary Meetings of Council

(11 meetings total)

 Special Meetings of Council

(3 meetings total)

Official Council business Ill or personal reasons
Antonio, Paul Cr   9  11  3  1 1
Taylor, Carol Cr   11  11  3    
Sommerfield, Nancy Cr   10  11  3  1  
McDonald, Geoff Cr  11  11  3    
O'Hara Sullivan, Megan C  10  10  2   3
O'Shea, James Cr 11 11 3    
Williams, Mike Cr 11 11 3    
Cahill, Bill Cr 10 11 3 1  
Tait, Chris Cr 10 10 1   4
Ramia, Joe Cr 11 11 3    
Glasheen, Anne Cr 11 11 3    

 

Administrative action complaints (Section 187 Local Government Regulation 2012)

Toowoomba Regional Council is committed to dealing fairly with administrative action complaints and reviewed 51 complaints during 2016/17.

Council has implemented its Complaints Management Framework to deliver a quality service which has, as its foundation, a high level of customer service. As part of this service, Council seeks to ensure an efficient and effective response to operational and administrative concerns. The number of complaints received in 2016/17 decreased by 3.4% this year.

Administrative action complaints

 

Unresolved complaints (Brought forward from previous year)

Complaints received

Complaints resolved

Unresolved complaints (carried forward to next year)

2016/17

31

51

73

9

 

Penalty infringement notice review

A Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) is issued for non-compliance with local laws such as parking regulations, vegetation management and animal management standards.

All requests received to review PINs must be assessed and determined fairly, consistently and transparently. Each request is assessed against clearly stated criteria and considered objectively.

This year the following PIN review requests were completed:

PINS

Type of PIN

Number of PINs issued for 2016-17

PIN review requests

Total number of PINs waived

     

Substantiated errors

Compassionate grounds

Parking

15972

795

110

210

Animal Management

771

84

74

 

Environmental Health Compliance

53

9

6

 

Total number of PINs

16796

888

190

210

 

Complaints (Section 186 (f) Local Government Regulation 2012)

The Local Government Act 2009 provides a framework for assessing complaints about the conduct or performance of Councillors. Under the Act, each complaint is required to be assessed to determine whether it is about misconduct, inappropriate conduct, corrupt conduct, or another matter. If the complaint is not frivolous, vexatious or lacking in substance, it is then referred tot he appropriate individual, panel or tribunal for further action. It is a requirement under the Local Government Regulation 2012 that the Annual Report contains details of complaints received about Councillors conduct or performance.

Orders and complaints about Councillors during the financial year are shown in the table.

Orders and complaints

Section of Local Government Act 

Type of order/complaint 

Number 

180(2) and (4) Orders and recommendations made about misconduct 0
181 (2) Orders made for inappropriate conduct 0
176C(2) Complaints about Councillor conduct or performance for which no action was taken 2
176C(3)(a)(ii) Complaints referred to the Chief Executive, Department of Local Government about inappropriate conduct of the Mayor or Deputy Mayor 0
176C(3)(a)(ii) Complaints referreed to the Mayor about inappropriate conduct by a Councillor other than the Mayor or Deputy Mayor 0
176C(4)(a) Complains about misconduct referred to the Chief Executive of the Local Government 0
176C(4)(b) Complaints about misconduct referred to the regional conduct review panel or the tribunal 1
176C(5) Complaints assessed by the Chief Executive Officer as being about corrupt conduct 0
176C(6) Complaints about another matter 0

 

Overseas travel made by Councillors and staff (Section 188 Local Government Regulation 2012)

Overseas travel

Name 

Position

Destination

Purpose

Cost

Antonio, Paul Cr Mayor Japan Visit to Sister City and long term relationships $5,958
Sommerfield, Nancy Cr Councillor Japan Visit to Sister City and long term relationships $4,856
O'Shea, James Cr Councillor Japan Visit to Sister City and long term relationships $4,659
Pidgeon, Brian CEO  Japan Visit to Sister City and long term relationships  $4,849
Morey, Jane International secretariat Japan Visit to Sister City and long term relationships  $4,889
Antonio, Paul Cr Mayor China Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) business delegation and met with business representative from Shaoxing and Haikou $4,597
Pidgeon, Brian  CEO China  TSBE business delegation and met with business representative from Shaoxing and Haikou $4,547
Antonio, Paul Cr Mayor Singapore* (Council of Mayors, South East Queensland) COMSEQ Singapore business mission (flights subsidised $1065) $3,674
Krimmer, Tony Senior economic development officer Singapore* COMSEQ Singapore business mission $5,800

 *COMSEQ Singapore Business Mission was 2-6 July 2017 - expenditure for this travel is split over 2 financial years.

 

Registers kept (section 190 (1) (f) )

  • Local law register
  • Road register
  • Register of cost recovery fees
  • Register of interests - Councillors and related persons
  • Register of interests - CEO, Senior executive officers and related persons
  • Delegations register
  • Asset register
  • Register of pre-qualified suppliers
  • Register of business activities

 

Report on the internal audit for the financial year (Section 190 (1) (h) Local Government Regulation 2012)

Council's internal audit function is established through a co-sourced service delivery arrangement with KPMG to provide an independent and obejctive assessment and evaluation of control measures to manage Council's operational risks. This arrangement provides Council with access to extensive expertise and skills, seamless service delivery and an opportunity to mentor, build capacity and drive performance.

Council's corporate risk profile was used to focus the Internal Audit Plan to direct effor to those areas of higher risk. 16 audits were undertaken in 2016-2017:

  • Human resource management
  • Preferred supplier/standing offer arrangements
  • Site/depot audit
  • Indirect and employment tax
  • Changes to vendor bank details
  • Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (phase 2)
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Fleet management
  • Operational planning processes
  • Data analytics strategy development
  • Tendering and contract management
  • General financial controls - general ledger system
  • Budgeting process
  • Project management framework
  • Fraud and misconduct
  • Payroll including leave management

Council's audit committee is an advisory committee and has the prime objective to assist Council to fulfil its corporate governance role and oversight responsibility relating to accounting and reporting practices.

 

Competitive neutrality complaints (Section 190 Local Government Regulation 2012)

Competitive neutrality complaints

Section of Local Government Regulation 

Type of order/complaint

Number

 190 (1) (i) Notices given in the financial year under Section 49 for competitive neutrality complaint 0
 190 (1) (i) Council reponse in the financial year on the QCA's recommendations on any competitive neutrality complaints under Section 52(3) 

 

Executive remuneration (Section 201 Local Government Act 2009)

Executive remuneration

Number of senior management staff 

Total remuneration range* 

 1 $300,000 - $400,000
 5 $200,000 - $300,000

*The total remuneration includes annual salary, superannuation and non-cash benefits.

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