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Posted on: 20 May, 2014

Council’s infrastructure scores a high-distinction for community safety

A recent audit into Livingstone Shire Council’s footpaths, roads and parks found they were above the Queensland average in terms of minimising risks associated with community safety.

The 2014 LGM Queensland Public Liability Audit, conducted during March and April, assessed Council’s position in three major areas of risk that impact public liability - footpaths, road maintenance and recreation areas.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Graham Scott said the audit reinforced Livingstone Council’s commitment to community safety.

“While this is a great result, Council will not be resting on its laurels. Continuous improvement is critical to Council’s effective service to the community and where community safety is concerned, a score of 100% will remain our target.

“We have a duty of care and an ongoing responsibility to our residents and visitors to ensure our footpaths, roads and parks are well maintained and regularly checked, particularly for potential safety issues,” Councillor Scott said.

“The audit found we are doing that and our infrastructure is not only complying with specific principles and standards, but is above the Queensland average.”

The audit asked questions about customer complaint and service systems, inspection processes, and information and data collection to establish whether Council was adhering to the public liability principles.

Council scored an overall Public Liability rate of 94%, with 100% on roads infrastructure and 91% on footpaths.

“There’s still room for improvement on parks with 87% but overall this is an excellent result considering the Queensland average for member councils hovers around the 80% mark. Community and public safety is a key priority for the new Livingstone Shire Council moving forward and we are committed to building on these results,” Councillor Scott said.

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