Queensland councils take control of infrastructure smarts

By Paul Hemsley Queensland councils are to take full control of the state’s specialist infrastructure and engineering advisory service for local government. The Queensland Treasury Corporation has agreed to relinquish its stake in the successful joint venture, Local Government Infrastructure Services Pty Ltd (LGIS), and will hand over its management and its 50 per cent […]

Queensland councils face skyrocketing flood insurance

By Julian Bajkowski When the chief executive of the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA), Rob Whelan, took to the airwaves in late January 2013 to take councils in Queensland to task over flood protection measures, it was the opening shot in a war of words between local government and the risk industry that had been […]

Accusations fly over Queensland land clearing laws

By Paul Hemsley The Queensland government has hit back over its controversial plan to ease restrictions on clearing by farmers and other property owners after the new laws again drew flak from councils over a lack of consultation and environmental groups opposed fearing threatened habitats will be destroyed. The sunshine state’s Minister for Natural Resources […]

QLD councils hawkish on planning laws

By Paul Hemsley Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) chief executive officer Greg Hallam has warned the state government that councils will be keeping a close eye on recent reforms to local government planning to ensure that sure communities are not unfairly slugged with development costs. Mr Hallam’s statement follows the passage of the Newman […]

Premier backs disaster affected councils

By Angela Dorizas Councils affected by recent disasters in Queensland have called on the Commonwealth to allow reconstruction of public infrastructure, such as water and sewerage facilities, to be paid for under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). NDRRA funding is provided to States and Territories to help cover the costs of natural disaster […]

Study urges rethink on SEQ housing: LGAQ

A new study commissioned by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) had shown the urgency for federal and state governments to rethink their strategies for the south-east Queensland housing market. Releasing a study into an Analysis of the Determinants of SEQ Housing Prices undertaken by the AEC group, the University of Queensland and RP […]

LGAQ issues resource kits for councils

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has prepared a number of resources, tools and training options to assist councils with community obligations required under the new Local Government Act. LGAQ CEO, Greg Hallam, said the effect of the new act and its accompanying regulations would be to bring councils closer to their communities. "The […]

Infrastructure charges should not be dropped: LGAQ

South-East Queensland communities have rejected the development industry's push to scrap infrastructure charges. The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) commissioned independent researchers, Market Facts, to survey households in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Redland, Sunshine Coast, Moreton, Ipswich, Scenic Rim and Lockyer regions. LGAQ executive director Greg Hallam said the majority of households polled opposed the Property Council's […]

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