A look into our council

REPORT: The South Burnett Regional Council released its 2016/17 Annual Report on Thursday, October 26.
REPORT: The South Burnett Regional Council released its 2016/17 Annual Report on Thursday, October 26. Michael Nolan

THE South Burnett Regional Council released its 2016/17 annual report on October 26.

The report details the council's operations over the past year.

Councillor costs

Mayor Keith Campbell earns top dollar, taking home a pre-tax salary of $122,594.

Deputy mayor Kathy Duff is on $76,621.

The remaining councillors are on $65,127.

Mayor Keith Campbell takes out the prize for the highest transport cost, racking up $18,215 in the past financial year.

As you would expect, the councillors representing rural divisions had the second highest transport costs.

Councillors Duff and Ros Heit spent $10,800 each while councillors Gavin Jones and Roz Frohloff spent $7560. Councillors Danita Potter and Terry Fleischfresser spent $4968 and $4360 respectively.

Cr Campbell ($5666) and Cr Heit ($5591) spent the most on training and conferences.

Cr Fleischfresser was the only councillor to have a formal complaint made against them, racking up two.

The first complaint was for not responding to correspondence for which he was reprimanded by the mayor, while the second complaint was for verbally abusing a resident during a phone call. On a later occasion Cr Fleischfresser was asked to issue a formal apology.


The council's gender split is about two-thirds male and one-third female, employing 227 men and 121 women.

Of that cohort, two staff members have worked for the council for more than 40 years while 21 have worked for more than 30 years.

About 65 per cent are of Generation X, born between 1964 and 1980 while 33 per cent are Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1963.

Workplace safety

Through the past financial year, the council recorded 115 workplace incidents for differing levels of severity.

These incidents included injuries, property damage, plant damage, near-misses, and safety procedural breaches.

Six of the injuries resulted in staff having to take time off work.

The number of serious workplace injuries has reduced from a high of 17 in 2008-09.

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