Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Future of Development Authority Looks Shaky

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Future of Development Authority Looks Shaky

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BLACKWATER: The future of mining towns such as Blackwater and Moranbah are up in the air following Premier Campbell Newman's push to derail the influence of state planning power, the Urban Land Development Authority.

Mr Newman has clashed with the ULDA on several occasions, labelling it C[pounds sterling]undemocraticC[yen], C[pounds sterling]unaccountableC[yen] and C[pounds sterling]unelectedC[yen] most recently. On Monday, Deputy Premier and State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Jeff Seeney confirmed the LNP had started the process of reviewing the authority's powers.

C[pounds sterling]As part of its election commitment, the LNP Government has started the process to identify state planning powers that could be transferred to larger local governments,C[yen] Mr Seeney said. C[pounds sterling]The government believes it is important to shift power back to local government and, where appropriate, give that tier of government the independence to make decisions for their local communities. …

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