first_imgNew information enhances transparency A dedicated information hub has been launched to further enhance transparency and accountability at Noosa Council.Mayor Clare Stewart said the Open Council webpage provides residents with easier access to a raft of council information.“This council remains committed to being as open and transparent as possible,” she said.“Much of the information has always been available on council’s website, but staff have now collated it and placed all relevant links and information in one section so the community has easier access and can better scrutinise how council spends ratepayers’ money.”Information published on the webpage includes detailed financial records from council, purchasing data, current tenders, councillor expenses, capital program delivery schedule and allocation of council grants.Cr Stewart and Deputy Mayor Frank Wilkie flagged the idea of an Open Council webpage, after attending a presentation at last year’s Local Government Association Queensland convention.Cr Stewart said transparency, accountability and trust are at the heart of good governance.“We are here to serve the community so it’s important we provide the mechanism for residents to monitor our decisions,” she said.“The Open Council Hub has the full support of all councillors and demonstrates responsible and transparent decision-making.”“I encourage residents to make use of the site to better understand how council operates and to stay well informed on a range of council’s financial decisions,” she said.The Hub can be found here > /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Clare, community, council, Government, heart, Local Government, money, Noosa, Noosa Council, Queensland, websitelast_img read more