Savings made from QLD printing budget

A comprehensive ICT audit will have recommendations for the Queensland Government which will save millions on its annual printing budget. Savings of up to 30 per cent could be made to printing and copying as a result of Queensland’s most comprehensive audit of ICT systems and operations. Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the […]

Procurement simplified for state rail link

Improved outcomes from simpler procurement for the Moreton Bay Rail Link will come from managing the project by one agency instead of two. The project delivery will be brought under a single entity with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and the principal for the contract. Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Scott […]

Smart assistive technology enabled for the disabled

Queenslanders living with a disability will be able to use smart technology from state government funding into commissioned research. The Queensland Government will provide $83000 to nine contractors after being invited to submit an expression of interest. Acting Disability Services Minister Craig Wallace said the government is now commissioning further research into integrating smart assistive […]

Royal commission inquiry into flood crisis

By Angela Dorizas The unprecedented flood crisis in Queensland will be the subject of an independent commission of inquiry, Premier Anna Bligh has announced. With the powers of a Royal Commission, the Inquiry will seek submissions from the public, summon witnesses, compel the production of documents and issue search warrants. The Commission will make recommendations in […]

Bulk water costs equals high retail prices: LGAQ

Steep hikes in water charges in southeast Queensland (SEQ) over the past three years were due to the high price the State Government placed on bulk water from dams and other sources, a comprehensive new study has revealed, the Local government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has said.   The Association said a study, by economic consultancy […]

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 […]

State-run event receives international recognition

A growth summit hosted by the Queensland Government has been nominated for a major international award. The Queensland Growth Management Summit, held in March this year, has been nominated for the 2011 Reinhard Mohn Prize for Revitalizing Democracy through Participation, to be awarded by the German-based foundation Bertelsmann Stiftung. The event brought together more than […]

$36 million for Indigenous councils

By Angela Dorizas Queensland’s most remote Indigenous councils are set to receive an extra $36 million in State Government funding to improve service delivery and employment opportunities within their communities. The funding was announced on Wednesday by Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Desley Boyle. “Funding of more than $36 […]

Queensland electoral system review

Queensland councils have until Friday to share their thoughts on the review of the state’s local government electoral system. The Law, Justice and Safety Committee is conducting a review of the local government electoral system and is due to report to the Legislative Assembly by November 2010. The committee is currently seeking submissions on matters […]

Population growth report floats higher taxes

By Angela Dorizas The Queensland Government must consider an increase in taxes to manage future population growth, a new report has found. Population expert, Professor Peter McDonald, has delivered his draft report on the need for a Queensland population policy to the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ). Professor McDonald warned that population growth could not […]

Compensation for amalgamated councils ‘disappointing’: LGAQ

By Angela Dorizas The Queensland Government's commitment to compensate six councils for amalgamation costs has been described as “disappointing” by the state's local government association. Queensland Local Government Minister Desley Boyle has announced a funding boost of $18.3 million for six amalgamated councils following an independent review of amalgamation costs. The Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) assessment […]

Regional councils ranked top in Qld engagement report

Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to citizen engagement with Queensland's regional councils among the highest achievers, according to a new report. New State Government data shows size doesn't matter when it comes to community engagement – with Balonne, Banana and Maranoa regional councils among the top performers. Minister for Local Government Desley Boyle […]

Queensland looks to regions for future growth

By Angela Dorizas Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced a regionalisation strategy for the state to manage future growth. In her closing remarks to the Queensland Growth Management Summit, Ms Bligh said the South East Queensland Plan had already demonstrated the benefits of regionalisation strategies. “Recent ABS data has shown that the South East Queensland […]

‘Australian first’ for government integrity

By Staff Writer Queensland will be home to Australia’s first full-time integrity commissioner under new laws coming into effect from January 2010. Premier Anna Bligh has announced that Queensland’s Integrity Commissioner, Dr David Solomon, will have an expanded role under the new changes. “The Integrity Commissioner will have a range of new responsibilities which include […]

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