QLD COUNCILS SPEAK FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES
QLD COUNCILS SPEAK FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES
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NEIGHBOURHOOD DISPUTES (DIVIDING FENCES AND TREES) ACT 2011 (QLD)
The LGAQ provided submission on 10 August 2015, to the Queensland Law Reform Commission, in response to the Discussion Paper questions on the Review.
Submission perspective: LGAQ’s response to questions raised in the Discussion Paper addresses legislated processes to help property owners resolve disputes about retaining walls and stormwater drainage and relates to the impact of legislation on local government as an ‘owner’ of property and seek the inclusion of clear statements about what property local government is trustee of or owns that are caught by the Act and for which local government has obligations to neighbouring property owners regarding dividing fences..
DISTRIBUTION NETWORK SERVICE PROVIDERS (DNSP)
The LGAQ provided a submission in response to the Australian Energy Regulator’s call for submissions regarding the revised proposals for both Energex and Ergon Energy, the Distribution Network Service Providers for the 2015-2020 regulatory control period.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ encourages the AER to consider ongoing issues kVA charging; unmetered street lighting; and customer requests for changes to Network Tariff Class.
REGIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS REVIEW 2015
The LGAQ submitted comments to the Regional Telecommunications Secretariat, Department of Communications on The Regional Telecommunication Independent Review Committee discussion paper on 15 July 2015.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ encouraged the Committee to consider the following points:
- The need for our small rural and regional communications have robust and scalable core infrastructure;
- The need for improved mobile phone coverage on national highways and key strategic development roads;
- The need to protect Universal Service Obligations (USO) voice in areas where satellite data is the primary access technology; and
- The opportunity of Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
BUILDING QUEENSLAND BILL 2015
On the 23 June 2015, the LGAQ provided a submission to the Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ encourages the Committee to consider the following in their assessment of the Bill:
- Provide independent expert advice to government about infrastructure in Queensland;
- Develop a robust and transparent framework for assessing infrastructure in Queensland;
- Evaluate proposals for new and existing infrastructure
- Assist or lead the preparation of certain business cases for infrastructure proposals
- Prepare an infrastructure priority pipeline document
- Lead the procurement and delivery of projects only when directed to do so by the Minister
- Publish information and promote public awareness.
REVIEW OF THE DISABILITY (ACCESS TO PREMIESES - BUILDINGS) STANDARDS 2010 (PREMISES STANDARD)
The LGAQ provided comments to the Federal Department of Industry and Science on 12 June 2015.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ notes the narrow scope of the Terms of Reference for the review. LGAQ believes the isolated nature of the review does not effectively consider or leverage on existing state government strategies, nor encapsulates state and local government aspirations or plans in relation to disability access and inclusion.
RE:THINK BETTER TAX SYSTEM, AUSTRALIA - TAX REFORM
The LGAQ provided submission to the Tax White Paper Taskforce on 1 June 2015 in response to the Tax Discussion Paper.
Submission perspective: It is essential that this Tax Review does not erode local government’s own source revenue raising capacity or result in reduced financial support from Federal sources such as through Financial Assistance Grants, Roads to Recovery and other programs. The LGAQ does not support the further encroachment on the land tax base of local government by other spheres of government.
FLY-IN FLY-OUT AND OTHER LONG DISTANCE COMMUTING WORK PRACTICES IN REGIONAL QUEENSLAND
On 25 May 2015, the LGAQ provided a submission to the Queensland Parliamentary Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee.
Submission perspective: LGAQ supports the Queensland Government’s decision to conduct an inquiry into fly-in / fly-out (FIFO) and other long distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland. The Association also supports the recent announcement to establish an expert panel to consider the impact of Queensland’s two existing 100% FIFO mines and is pleased that local government is well represented through the participation of Cr Anne Baker, Mayor of Isaac Regional Council and Cr Deirdre Comerford, Mayor of Mackay Regional Council.
COMPETITION POLICY REVIEW
The LGAQ provided a submission to the General of the Small Business, Competition and Consumer Policy Division on 25 May 2015 in response to the Review Panel’s release of the Competition Policy Review Final Report.
Submission perspective: It is vital that the National Competition Policy does not unduly restrict the ability of state and local governments to govern in the interests of their communities, particularly in rural and remote areas. LGAQ remains concern about recommendations 8, 9 and 24 in particular.
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