The latest from QT's Editor's Desk
As the editor of the Queensland Times, I have over the past 12 months made many commitments to hold our council accountable to you - our readers and this city's ratepayers.
So this week we've scoured through a damning report by the Auditor-General in to the Ipswich City Council's operations in the 2016-2017 financial year.
The report highlights some major issues around transparency and various expense claims.
We've looked at 13 pages of issues identified in the report -- so you don't have to.
We've also asked the council for more information on some of the expenses highlighted in the report, including around the reimbursing of former mayor Paul Pisasale's phone bills.
And as a subscriber you can get a first look right here: 'Deficient': AG's damning report on council's operations.
In case you missed it
Hopefully you managed to get a break over the holiday period. QT reporters were still on the job during that time and here's some highlights worth checking out (in case you were at the beach and didn't see them at the time).
As soon as I took this phone call from a very excited reader, I knew Ipswich would be attracting national news. The story of a bull shark hunting chihuahuas playing on the banks of the Bremer seemed to crazy to be true until I saw the photos. SPOTTED: Bull shark 'hunting' chihuahuas at Ipswich waterway
PHOTO GALLERY: We were overwhelmed with the response when we asked residents to submit photos of their bubs born in 2017. 400 PHOTOS: Ipswich babies of 2017
Many months after being charged by the Crime and Corruption Commission, two senior council officials have resigned from their posts. Senior Ipswich council officers Lindsay, Maudsley resign
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