Council services get poor report
BALLINA Shire Council has given itself a poor report on 20 of its 106 services, and says it needs an extra $6 million per year to bring them up to scratch.
Council has formed a 'Get Well' program to bring services like maintenance of regional roads and the protection and management of the waterways up to an 'adequate' standard while keeping the council's bank balance in the black.
Three functions were marked by council staff at a very poor service standard, 17 poor, 46 adequate, 38 good and two very good.
The findings were part of a recent council workshop on strategic planning, held in light of an independent financial sustainability report by Professor Percy Allan.
One of the functions marked as poor was Estuaries and coastlines: protection, studies and management.
A Get Well program will be formed by councillors and staff, which will involve coming up with different options to get the extra funds needed.