New Act reforms CouncilsThe biggest reform of Local Government in a generation will become law after a new Act was passed in Parliament late last night.
Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said amendments to the Local Government and City of Brisbane Acts will change the way councils do business.
The previous Act made councils less responsive to their communities because they were too busy reporting to George Street in Brisbane.
· Mayors back in control of councils, so they are truly accountable to their ratepayers
· Red tape cuts by dispensing with annual community and financial plans
· Residential occupiers are now responsible for complying with local laws, as well as owners
· Councils can again hold referendums on issues of significant local interest
Compulsory acquisition of land for private infrastructure facilities
In addition, for the compulsory acquisition of land, the application for a PIF must state:
- that the proponent has negotiated, in accordance with the guidelines, for at least four months with each registered owner of the land and has taken reasonable steps to purchase the land by agreement;
- if native title exists in relation to the land, that the proponent has taken reasonable steps to enter into an indigenous land use agreement for the land.
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