Mining Issues

10th November 2008 Generally landholders are unaware of their rights when faced with a mining company who has a State Government licence to explore for minerals on their property. Landholders do have considerable rights.  After all, the land which the miner wishes to come on to is private property, either of freehold, perpetual lease or … Read moreMining Issues

Landholders—are you being pushed around by mining companies? Do you know your rights?

7th November 2008 LANDHOLDERS-ARE YOU BEING PUSHED AROUND BY MINING COMPANIES? DO YOU KNOW YOUR RIGHTS? YOUR RIGHTS ARE CONSIDERABLE, LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD.  ASK QUESTIONS, RECEIVE ANSWERS.  BE IN KINGAROY, S.Q. AT 6 PM WEDNESDAY, 12TH NOVEMBER. VENUE:  TAABINGA CONFERENCE ROOM, KINGAROY DPI&F, KINGAROY-COOYAR ROAD, OPPOSITE AIRPORT. EXPERT LEGAL ADVICE AVAILABLE.  HEAR FROM EXPERIENCED … Read moreLandholders—are you being pushed around by mining companies? Do you know your rights?

LANDHOLDERS MUST ACT ON VALUATIONS

3rd April 2008 Landholders must act in responsee to the recent and ongoing land valuations put out by the Department of Natural Resources and Water.   Department spokesmen make glib remarks in an endeavour to divert critisism and pressure.  Such statements include “We only value the land – it is a matter for local government shires … Read moreLANDHOLDERS MUST ACT ON VALUATIONS

Amalgamations cost ratepayers

3rd April 2008 Ratepayers should be aware that the majority of costs associated with the forced amalgamations of councils has not been funded by the State Labour Government.  The state set aside only $27.1 million for these amalgamations.  The costs are so far estimated to be in excess of $200m and climbing. The difference, $170m … Read moreAmalgamations cost ratepayers

One in three voters stay away from ballot box

17th March 2008 Almost one-third of Queenslanders did not vote in Saturday’s local government elections. The polls, run for the first time by the Electoral Commission of Queensland, were the first since the State Government’s controversial decision to cut the number of councils in the state from 157 to 73. Queensland Local Government Association executive … Read moreOne in three voters stay away from ballot box

Brave New World Begins

17th March 2008 Councils’ old guard voted out Thirty new mayors will become the 73 leaders responsible for delivering local government to the four million residents of Queensland after the weekend’s historic council elections. Long-standing mayors were dumped and little-known candidates claimed clear victories as many of the state’s voters were forced to choose between … Read moreBrave New World Begins

Attorney-General has no idea of council ballot “stuff-ups”

5th March 2008 The State Coalition revealed wrongly-addressed return envelopes were sent out with ballot papers for the local government elections in the Balonne Shire but was less than impressed with the Bligh government’s response in State Parliament this morning.Shadow Local Government & Planning Minister Howard Hobbs asked the Attorney-General what he knew of the … Read moreAttorney-General has no idea of council ballot “stuff-ups”

Local Government status ‘butchered’

26th February 2008 Bligh government moves to axe the ‘Constitutional Corporation’ status of local governments were unprecedented anywhere in the world and could put council assets worth $80 billon at risk, Shadow Minister for Main Roads & Local Government, Howard Hobbs warned today.“Anna Bligh is effectively butchering our local governments’ legal status to ensure councils … Read moreLocal Government status ‘butchered’

Local Government Status Butchered

25th February 2008“The State Government’s proposed legislation to change the legal status of Queensland Local Governments to remove “Constitutional Corporation” status is an extraordinary and unprecedented throughout the world and may place $80 billon of Council assets at risk,” Queensland Shadow Minister for Main Roads and Local Government, Howard Hobbs said today.“This drastic move is … Read moreLocal Government Status Butchered

Brisbane venue for ‘Democracy Rally’

15th January 2008With only eight weeks to Queensland’s contentious local government elections, there are moves afoot to stage a Democratic Rights Day, thereby highlighting further public unrest over issues like forced amalgamations. The over-arching umbrella group for the planned Democratic Rights Day, Australian Business and People’s Alliance Council, says it is anticipating some 20,000 people … Read moreBrisbane venue for ‘Democracy Rally’

Courts to protect oppressed farmers

14th January 2008 New South Wales Farmer Peter Spencer writes: Agmates Comment: Finally NSW farmer Peter Spencer is to get his legal right to a court hearing. Through the implementation of Land Clearing ban’s via the NSW State Governments Native Vegetation Act, Peter’s Alpine property has been rendered worthless, to date without any compensation. Many … Read moreCourts to protect oppressed farmers