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Councillor Discretionary Funds

Section 202(2) Local Government Regulation 2012

The South Burnett Regional Council has established Councillor Discretionary Funds in support of community purposes and meeting requests for financial assistance from community organisations.

The following amounts have been allocated in the 2019/20 Budget for each Councillor's Discretionary Fund:


Mayor Brett Otto

Mayor $4,000
Councillor Roz Frohloff Division 1 $4,000
Councillor Gavin Jones Division 2 $4,000
Councillor Danita Potter Division 3 $4,000
Councillor Kirstie Schumacher Division 4 $4,000
Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff Division 5 $4,000
Councillor Scott Henschen Division 6 $4,000

Updated 01 May 2020

Availability

Pursuant to Section 202 of the LGR2012, a Councillor may use any Councillor Discretionary Fund in the following ways:

  1. spend for a community purpose;

  2. allocate for capital works of the local government that are for a community purpose, but only with the approval of -

    1. if the Councillor is the Mayor - the Deputy Mayor and the Chief Executive Officer; or
    2. otherwise - the Mayor and the Chief Executive Officer;
  3. allocate to a community organisation for a community purpose.

Council’s Councillor Discretionary Fund provides Council with the ability to provide small miscellaneous discretionary grants to eligible not-for-profit community organisations in response to requests which are received from time to time.

This fund recognises that small activities, projects and events, deserving of support from Council, come up in an ad hoc way throughout the year. Requests for assistance are assessed by the relevant Councillor with approval by the Manager Social & Corporate Performance.

Grants are available for up to a total of $1,000 to eligible applicants.

As of 1 July 2019,  applications can be made throughout the financial year and must be received by Council a minimum of three (3) weeks prior to the activity/event.

Applicants must indicate on the request if they are seeking support from multiple Councillors Discretionary Funds for the same activity/project/event

View the Councillor Discretionary Funds application form (PDF). 

Records

In accordance with Section 202(7) of the Local Government Regulation 2012, Council will as soon as practicable after an amount has been allocated and paid from a councillor's discretionary funds, publish a notice stating:

(a) the amount and purpose of the allocation; and

(b) where an amount has been allocated to a community organisation, the name of that community organisation.

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