Qld Councils speak for their communities
Qld Councils speak for their communities
SUBMISSIONS ONLINE THIS WEEK
Please note that some submissions cannot be made public until approved by the receiving body. You may need to be logged-in to LG Online to view such documents. Visit the Submissions - Current Year webpage and the Submissions - Archives page for more information.
REVIEW OF THE DISABILITY STANDARDS FOR ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC TRANSPORT - DRAFT REPORT
The LGAQ provided its submission to the Disability Transport Access Secretariat, Road Safety and Transport Access Branch, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development on 25 June 2014.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ welcomes recommendations put forward by the Australian Government, particularly updating and modernising the Transport Standards and the development of a whole-of-journey approach to public transport planning.
FURTHER DROUGHT ASSISTANCE
On 3 July 2014, the LGAQ wrote to the Honourable Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ requested that the Federal Government explore possibilities for providing further government assistance to many of the drought-affected communities in Queensland.
OUR HERITAGE: A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT - REVIEW OF THE QUEENSLAND HERITAGE ACT 1992
The LGAQ has provided comments to the State Department of Environment and Heritage Protection on 23 June 2014.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ answers the Department's questions posed in the discussion paper about the review of the Queensland Health Act 1992. Any proposed changes need to be clearly communicated to minimise the chance of misunderstandings over who has responsibilities for State and local heritage responsibilities.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2014
The LGAQ provided a submission to the Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ welcomes and supports the majority of the changes, particularly empowering the chief executive officer of a local government as the returning officer for an election in certain circumstances.
STATE DEVELOPMENT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND PLANNING (RED TAPE REDUCTION) AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2014
LGAQ made a submission to the State Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee on 26 June 2014.
Submission perspective: It is LGAQ's view, that councils, particularly smaller councils, should be given maximum choices in the avenues available to them to administer the Audit Committee requirements, providing flexibility for councils by allowing councils a tailor-made response dependent on local conditions and resources.
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER LAND (PROVIDING FREEHOLD) AMENDMENT BILL 2014)
The LGAQ lodged a submission with the State Government's Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee submitted on 16 June 2014.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ supports a genuine, participatory approach to the broad land administration program that empowers both local governments and their community members to develop appropriate solutions and make their own decisions.
QUEENSLAND PLAN BILL 2014
The LGAQ provided comments on the Consultation Draft of the Queensland Plan Bill 2014 to the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ has reviewed all aspects of the Bill and is generally supportive of its intent and the associated references to local government throughout.
FRAMEWORK AND APPROACH FOR THE 2015-2020 REGULATORY CONTROL PERIOD
The LGAQ provided a submission to the Australian Energy Regulator on 10 July 2014 as part of the Australian Energy Regulator's consultation regarding the Framework Approach (for Energex and Ergon Energy) for the 2015-2020 regulatory control period.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ has significant concerns in relation to the implementation of contestable metering, particularly the modification to the pricing structure for large customer accounts from 1 July 2015.
REVIEW OF THE BUILDING ACT 1975 AND BUILDING CERTIFICATION IN QUEENSLAND DISCUSSION PAPER
The LGAQ provided feedback on the Discussion Paper by the Building Certification in Queensland, Department of Housing and Public Works on 25 July 2014.
Submission perspective: The key matters faced by local government in the building certification and building legislative framework also directly relate to a number of issues identified within the Discussion Paper.
REVIEW OF THE PLUMBING AND DRAINAGE ACT 2002
The LGAQ provided response to the Discussion Paper on the Review of the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002. The submission was provided to the Department of Housing and Public Works on 25 July 2014.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ's policy position related to the issues identified:
- Deregulation (identified as item 1 in the Discussion Paper;
- Remove the requirement to obtain a permit for class 1 and 10 buildings (identified as item 3.1 in the Discussion Paper);
- Reduce the application timeframe for class 2 to 9 buildings (identified as item 3.2 in the Discussion Paper);
- On-site sewage treatment plants and greywater systems (identified as items 4.1 and 4.2 of the Discussion Paper); and
- Private sanitary combined drains (identified as item 4.5 of the Discussion Paper).
CONSULTATION REGULATORY IMPACT STATEMENT - PART 3 OF THE QUEENSLAND COMPETITIVE AUTHORITY ACT 1997
The LGAQ provided a submission to the Queensland Treasury and Trade on 4 August 2014.
Submission perspective: A number of issues were noted for consideration:
- Reforms to only apply to a monopoly business activity that is a significant business activity that meets the declaration criteria;
- Opportunity for entities to make submissions throughout the process;
- Additional revocation powers; and
- Review of price setting determination.
INQUIRY INTO THE DEVELOPMENT OF NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
The LGAQ has provided a response to the Australian Government's White Paper – Inquiry into the development of northern Australia. The submission was provided on 4 August 2014.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ has emphasised the importance of inclusion of the central Queensland region in strategic appointments and communications going forward in order to mitigate potential cynicism, and that a one size fits all approach is not adopted in engaging local government sector, rather the unique factors of these sub regions and communities be recognised along with varying capacities to deliver on economic priorities
STATE WAGE CASE 2014 - ENGINEERING AWARD - STATE 2012 C10 CLASSIFICATION
The LGAQ submission was presented to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission on 25 July 2014.
Submission perspective: The LGAQ provided a comprehensive submission, noting that a flat 2.5% increase should be applied to all award wage rates and allowances, with this quantum being the most sensible having regard to the prevailing economic circumstances while at the same time acknowledging the unique and peculiar social considerations in Queensland.
On August 4, the LGAQ provided a response to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
Submission perspective: Local government plays a vital role in stimulating and sustaining local and regional economies, and as such, councils are both a critical partner and stakeholder, and all three tiers of government need to work with industry and community organisations to ensure Queensland's resources sector remains competitive. The LGAQ has proposed more frequent council engagement in the ResourcesQ agenda.
Please let us know if you would like further information regarding an LGAQ submission by calling 1300 542 700.
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