The report found Ipswich City Council's internal processes were
The report found Ipswich City Council's internal processes were "deficient" and in some cases represented a "high financial reporting risk". Claudia Baxter

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.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is cleared of criminal charges by the Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC). Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale. David Nielsen

 

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).

WATCH OUT: Christopher and Romeo were almost shark bait during a walk at Colleges Crossing.
WATCH OUT: Christopher and Romeo were almost shark bait during a walk at Colleges Crossing. Contributed

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

 

Shannon Newley

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

New Ipswich City Council CEO Jim Lindsay. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Former Ipswich CEO Jim Lindsay. David Nielsen

 

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Queensland Times Editor, Shannon Newley (shannon.newley@qt.com.au)