Deputy Premier pledges to cut council red tape

QUEENSLAND Government Deputy Premier Jackie Trad flagged possible changes to the way the government funds councils as she opened a local government conference in Toowoomba this morning.

The Minister for Local Government and Planning said she was interested in feedback from the state's councillors and said a consolidated pool of funding could be more efficient.

She said the government's competitive funding programs were heavily oversubscribed which showed there was a great need in the community.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad officially opens the Local Government Association of Queensland 119th Annual Conference at Empire Theatres.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad officially opens the Local Government Association of Queensland 119th Annual Conference at Empire Theatres. Kevin Farmer

Ms Trad mooted the streamlining of grant applications and reducing red tape as possible solutions to the issue of dwindling resources.

"What can we do to make sure you can get what you need to drive economic growth... in your local communities?" she asked the delegates.

Officially opening the Local Government Association of Queensland's 119th annual conference, Ms Trad said the government would soon release its long-awaited State Infrastructure Plan.

She said the plan would outline a bold new strategic direction for infrastructure in Queensland that would foster innovation and better communication and engagement with stakeholders.

Ms Trad said the plan would help to guide and align planning across government.

She said new new advisory body Building Queensland would advise the government on infrastructure priorities.  

"The private sector wants to do business with the Queensland Government but to do this it needs certainty and confidence and Building Queensland will do just that," she said.


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