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Rates revenue among worst in country

Gladstone Regional Council chief executive Stuart Randle.
Gladstone Regional Council chief executive Stuart Randle.

FIGURES showed Gladstone Regional Council makes $1718.71 in rate revenue per person - that is among the worst 20% in the country.

CEO Stuart Randle said it was difficult to compare local governments side-by-side and interstate.

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He questioned how his council had been rated, but he said, the council kept "an eye on rates and charges and from our understanding we're about the middle of the pack".

"But for many reasons we wouldn't want to be in the top or bottom 10%."

He said the council was currently revising its long-term financial plans.

"We know we've got to be very restrained in our spending," he said.

"We've frozen our staffing, so we're not growing, and we've reduced operational costs in real terms over four years."

Mr Randle said the council's 730 staff were important, but every time somebody leaves through natural attrition "we look closely to see if we can do without the role".

"The challenge with being the fastest growing (community) in the state is that services need to grow and we need more staff for those.

"But we're not growing at the same rate as our community. We're becoming more efficient."

He said some councils only budgeted on a year-to-year basis, but Gladstone Regional Council looked to a 10-year horizon "to make sure there are no nasty surprises".

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