Local Government Minister David Crisafulli in the Fraser Coast Regional Council chambers with Mayor Gerard O’Connell.
Local Government Minister David Crisafulli in the Fraser Coast Regional Council chambers with Mayor Gerard O’Connell. Valerie Horton

Minister slashing council red tape

CHANGES are being made by the State Government to stop legislation choking the life out of local councils.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli is drafting amendments to the Local Government Act that will cut red tape and put mayors and councillors back in control of councils.

Mr Crisafulli, the former deputy mayor of Townsville, said everyone who worked in councils knew how ridiculous many of the Local Government Act requirements were.

"This is a bad Act which hasn't led to better managed councils," he said.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell couldn't be happier with the proposal, and applauded Mr Crisafulli's "progressive and positive style of leadership".

Cr O'Connell said he had had a number of conversations with Mr Crisafulli about the need to allow the council to make decisions for its region without jumping through state government hoops.

He said the areas of the legislation he would most like to see changed were strategic planning and compliance.

"The local government is the best-placed level of government to look after planning for the future of a region," he said.



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