Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Council Change on Way; Government Moves for Big Reforms

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Council Change on Way; Government Moves for Big Reforms

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Byline: Emma Reid emma.reid@news-mail.com.au

BUNDABERG Regional Council is still getting its head around a range of local government reform proposals that will come in to play this year and could affect the way councillors interact with the community.

The Queensland Government is pursuing a rolling reform agenda in the local government sector.

These reforms, which originate out of the Paul Pisasale and Ipswich City Council situation, are said to strengthen the transparency, accountability and integrity of local government in Queensland.

Mayor Jack Dempsey, who also sits on the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), said he'd only just received the government's key amendments document.

"Local government is the closest level of government to the people and it's important we continue to operate effectively in a manner that's open, transparent and accountable," Cr Dempsey said.

"We'll continue to work cooperatively with the state and councils from across Queensland to maintain the highest level of community confidence in local government."

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Palaszczuk Government was consulting with mayors, councillors and stakeholders on a range of reform proposals.

Mr Hinchliffe said the proposed reforms were informed by the Crime and Corruption Commission's Operation Belcarra report. …

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