Qld Govt to review its controversial land clearing laws

21st December 2007The Queensland Government is asking landholders feedback on the administration of its controversial vegetation management laws, but it is not revisiting the clearing bans. Minister for Natural Resources and Water Craig Wallace this week announced the review, which will deliver on one of the government’s Blueprint for the Bush commitments. The first phase … Read moreQld Govt to review its controversial land clearing laws

Qld has spoken – forced council mergers a disaster

19th December 2007The overwhelming results of plebiscites on forced council amalgamations in Queensland have made it absolutely clear that the State Government has gone down the wrong path, says federal Nationals leader, Warren Truss. Mr Truss, a Queenslander himself and federal Shadow Local Government Minister, says the Qld Premier, Anna Bligh, has no choice but … Read moreQld has spoken – forced council mergers a disaster

Queenslanders condemn forced council mergers

18th December 2007Queenslanders have overwhelmingly rejected the Bligh Labor Government’sforced council amalgamations with almost 300,000 people voting againstthe move in 85 voluntary plebiscites right throughout the state. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said only an arrogant andout of touch Government would ignore such a comprehensive result. “Queensland communities have sent the Bligh Labor Government … Read moreQueenslanders condemn forced council mergers

Labor ignores local voices in forced mergers

12th December 2007The Bligh Labor Government should listen to the people voting in theplebiscites on forced council mergers, the Queensland Coalition saidtoday. Queensland Coalition Shadow Minister for Local Government Howard Hobbssaid Labor’s approach of ignoring the results was arrogant in theextreme. “People have every right to have a say in the future of theircommunities,” said … Read moreLabor ignores local voices in forced mergers

First council merger ballot results send resounding no message

11th December 2007The Bligh Labor Government cannot ignore the resounding opposition toforced council mergers being recorded in postal vote results releasedthis week, the Queensland Coalition said today. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said he expected thestrong no votes registered by Noosa, Redcliffe and Pine Rivers residentswould be echoed right throughout Queensland. “The dictatorial and … Read moreFirst council merger ballot results send resounding no message

Ballot on forced council amalgamations closes Friday

10th December 2007Queenslanders outside the South-East affected by forced councilamalgamations have till Friday (December 14) to have their say, theState Coalition said today. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said while the ballot forthe six urban Councils (Caboolture, Caloundra, Pine Rivers, Gold Coast,Noosa and Redcliffe) closed last Friday, residents in every otheraffected area had till … Read moreBallot on forced council amalgamations closes Friday

The Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Report 2007

5th December 2007 The Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Report 2007 has been tabled in the Queensland Parliament and an electronic copy of the Report can be accessed via the Queensland Parliament’s website at: www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/legislativeassembly/tableOffice/documents/TP_PDFS/TP2744-2007.pdf

Council amalgamation ballots posted this week

19th November 2007About 700,000 Queenslanders in 85 councils affected by the Bligh LaborGovernment’s forced council amalgamations will finally have a chance tohave their say this week by voting in local plebiscites. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said the AustralianElectoral Commission will start posting out plebiscite ballot papersthis week asking ratepayers if they supported the … Read moreCouncil amalgamation ballots posted this week

Union domination of amalgamated councils revealed

15th November 2007The Bligh Labor Government’s push for union infiltration of localcouncils has been exposed by new figures showing union officials aresitting on up to 10 of the transition committees set up under the forcedamalgamations process. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said under Labor’s laws,all of the transition committees guiding the establishment of the … Read moreUnion domination of amalgamated councils revealed

Election 07: Feds were involved with clearing bans

9th November 2007Prime Minister, John Howard, has admitted the Federal Government did play a role in banning land clearing, but won’t comment on whether farmers should be compensated for this or be recognised for their contribution to Australia meeting its Kyoto targets. In a special interview with Rural Press last week, Mr Howard exploded the … Read moreElection 07: Feds were involved with clearing bans

Throwaway line haunts ex-minister

8th November 2007 What seemed an odd throwaway line some 25 years ago goes to the heart of the State Government’s motivation to forcibly amalgamate local councils, says Nobby resident Kevin Perks. Mr Perks, a union member of 40 years and a card-carrying Labor man for 30 years, says he attended a party meeting in … Read moreThrowaway line haunts ex-minister

Council mergers could cost $200m in Qld: LGAQ

25th October 2007The Queensland Government has been forced to defend its handling of council amalgamations on two new fronts, including a claim by the Local Government Association of Queensland that the process of merging shires will cost councils $200 million. And the Nationals claim that a legislative bungle by the Government means the State still … Read moreCouncil mergers could cost $200m in Qld: LGAQ

Kevin Rudd deserves no support on forced mergers

16th October 2007Confirmation council plebiscites won’t be held until after the November24 Federal election made it doubly important for Queenslanders concerned over Labor’s forced amalgamations to voteagainst Kevin Rudd, the State Coalition said today. Shadow Minister for Local Government, Howard Hobbs said Queenslanderswho imagined they could vote for Kevin Rudd on the back of his commentshe … Read moreKevin Rudd deserves no support on forced mergers

Election a chance to have a say on forced mergers

15th October 2007The Federal Election is the first chance voters in Queensland will getto have a say on forced council amalgamations, the Queensland Coalitionsaid today. Shadow Minister for Local Government, Howard Hobbs said revelations madepublic last week showed Kevin Rudd met only once with Queensland’sPremier on the subject of forced council mergers which indicated Laborwas … Read moreElection a chance to have a say on forced mergers

Union hacks dominating in amalgamated councils

12th October 2007Unelected union representatives are dominating the forced councilamalgamations transition process, with revelations this week up to 54union representatives are sitting on one of the regional committeeswhich will determine how the new councils will work. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said the State LaborGovernment’s forced council amalgamations were more about creatingstronger unions than … Read moreUnion hacks dominating in amalgamated councils