a[euro][approximately]Don't Demonise Councils'; Local Government Group Hits out at Property Council

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), April 5, 2014 | Go to article overview

a[euro][approximately]Don't Demonise Councils'; Local Government Group Hits out at Property Council


Byline: Bill Hoffman

THE Property Council of Australia which this week attacked Sunshine Coast Council over its bid to remove Halls Creek from future consideration for urban development has come in for a dose of its own medicine.

The Local Government Association of Queensland yesterday said that through its attack on council and its advocacy agenda the Property Council had eliminated any doubt that the development industry was ultimately about self interest.

LGAQ president Greg Hallam said the Property Council's advocacy agenda was full of inaccuracies and generalised claims and ultimately was little more than an attack on the integrity of local government.

"Page after page shows that the development lobby sees its role as convincing the state and others that the key to kick starting to a construction industry in the doldrums is for local councils to bend to the will of the property sector," he said.

"The PCA's agenda includes demands for State Government oversight of the implementation of regional planning schemes, lower infrastructure charges across the board and state-imposed controls on rates. In short, it is an agenda for the emasculation of local government to ensure the interests of developers are put before the community's interests.

"All of this ignores the fact that, unlike the property industry, local councils are regularly held accountable for their actions through the ballot box. That is, councils represent the community not narrow self-interest. If the development industry wants to change the way councils operate then let it put forward its own candidates at the next local government elections in 2016. …

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