Media Release: The peak body for Queensland local councils congratulates Minister Meaghan Scanlon on new portfolio

Published: 17th December 2023

The peak body for Queensland local councils has congratulated Minister Meaghan Scanlon on her new portfolio of Housing, Public Works, Local Government and Planning announced by Premier Steven Miles today.

Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive officer Alison Smith said councils were looking forward to engaging deeply with Minister Scanlon on the issues in her expanded portfolio.

“Councils were the first to raise the alarm on the housing crisis gripping communities across Queensland and have been engaging with Minister Scanlon and her department with our Local Government Housing Strategy in her previous Cabinet role as Housing Minister,” Ms Smith said.

“We look forward to working even more closely with Minister Scanlon to tackle challenges to the liveability in Queensland communities in her expanded portfolio. 

“Councils are at the coal face of community expectations when it comes to planning and we will continue to work with all stakeholders to make sure liveability remains front and centre of the planning system.

“Councils would also like to thank now-Premier Miles for his work in the Local Government portfolio, including establishing a review of the flawed councillor conduct regime and quickly moving to implement sensible, workable reforms to the OIA in time for the March council election.”

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