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Collective effort needed for review submission

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Collective effort needed for review submission

Just over 10 days remain for local government to have its say in a review of the way complaints against mayors and councillors are managed in Queensland.

The Local Government Association of Queensland is calling for all councils to contribute to a submission it is preparing for the review.

An independent panel has been tasked with reviewing the way allegations against mayors and councillors are managed following calls by the LGAQ and Local Government Managers’ Association (LGMA) for the process to be streamlined and tightened so it cannot be used as a political tool.

The panel last month released a discussion paper that will guide the review.

The LGAQ is preparing a submission and is keen to receive feedback about specific concerns from all councils.

“The councillor complaints process needs to be modernised to protect elected members from unfair, unfounded and damaging claims,” LGAQ chief executive officer Greg Hallam said.

“It’s important we get input from as many councils as possible so we can present an informed case and achieve a fairer system that does not allow for such complaints.”

Of the 245 complaints received in the last two years, only 30 complaints were upheld or about 12 per cent.

The review panel comprises former Queensland Integrity Commissioner Dr David Solomon, former LGAQ President and Noosa Mayor Noel Playford and former Logan City Council CEO Gary Kellar.

Councils should send their submissions to the LGAQ by 19 September.

Click here for more information on how to contribute to the LGAQ’s submission.

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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