Tell us what you want for council elections

The Newman Government is calling for your opinion on possible changes to how council elections should be held after concerns were raised following the last council polls. Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said a discussion paper on the Local Government Electoral Act had been released to get the ball rolling. “We inherited a local government…

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New State Planning Policy Announced

The State Government has unveiled landmark reforms to revolutionise Queensland’s planning processes.    The new policy provides greater clarity for local governments by consolidating in one document, the state interests and policies that councils must consider when preparing or amending local planning schemes, or assessing development applications. Developers now also have a clear guide to…

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Voting Revolution for Queensland

Voting will be revolutionised at the next state election under electoral reforms recently introduced in Parliament.   Queensland’s electoral system will be modernised and simplified but also better protected, with proof of identity to be required on polling days to prevent voter impersonation. Electronic voting will be made available for people with disabilities and blind…

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New Board for Construction Watchdog

The creation of the Queensland’s new building industry watchdog, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) heralds the start of the most significant reform of the construction industry regulations in more than 20 years.  The QBCC will replace the controversial Building Services Authority (BSA) and will be tasked with implementing the Government’s 10 point action plan…

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100 Queensland roads named for review

Safety engineers will review 100 Queensland roads from next month to determine whether speed limits should be raised, lowered or kept consistent. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said this was the first major review that has been conducted since 1997 and was part of the Newman Government’s commitment to improve safety on our roads.…

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