2017 QLGRA AGM & Forum

The QLGRA 2017 AGM and Annual Forum will be held in Gympie on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September 2017, at the Freemason’s Hall, 39 Channon Street, Gympie.  For catering purposes, please RSVP by Friday 25th August 2017.  The full cost of the event will be confirmed soon, but is expected to be approximately $40.

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Gympie ‘hot spot’ of council concerns

On August 11th, 2107 Arthur Gorrie, senior journalist at the Gympie Times published the following interview with QLGRA president Colin Hewett, concerning local government issues and their impact on the QLGRA AGM, to be held in Gympie on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September 2017, at the Freemason’s Hall in Channon Street, Gympie.

You can read this article online at:

https://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/gympie-hot-spot-of-council-concerns/3211166/.

Or view the full article on our website: 2017, August 11 – Gympie Times Interview.

A reproduction of the article on page 3 of the Gympie Times can be viewed here:

2017, August 11 – Gympie Times Page 3 Facsimile.

Gympie ‘hot spot’ of council concerns

Arthur Gorrie | 11th Aug 2017 5:00 AM

GYMPIE and Fraser Coast regions are “hot spots” for public concern about council performance and accountability, according to a peak ratepayers’ group campaigning for reform.

And that concern will be given focus in Gympie at the Queensland Local Government Reform Alliance’s annual general meeting and public forum to be held in Gympie on the first weekend in September.

The alliance says council amalgamations have been a failure in many cases and have curbed accountablility to the public.

QLGRA president Colin Hewett told The Gympie Times yesterday he believed the state Local Government Department was presiding over a council system which was “on the verge of collapse”.

The Gympie meeting on September 2 and 3, at the Freemason’s Hall in Channon St, will be open to the public.

Mr Hewett said there were mounting concerns about the “strong mayor syndrome” in which changes introduced by the former Newman government had concentrated council power in Chief Executive Officers and mayors.

“Councillors are on the outer and do not have to be involved in anything much,” he said.

Mr Hewitt acknowledged the campaign comes at a time when there is political pressure for reform from Independent Queensland MP Rob Pyne and Queensland Greens’ candidate Amy McMahon.

Ms McMahon will stand against Deputy Premier Jackie Trad in her electorate of South Brisbane at the next state election.

Ms Trad has admitted there is concern in the community about the role of council CEOs investigating complaints, along with mayors, when they may be the subject of those complaints.

Mr Hewett said the failure of accountability bodies to function with any real independence had created a system of complaints handling that amounted to “Caesar investigating the conduct of Caesar and coming up with findings in favour of Caesar”.

QLGRA submission to latest LG inquiry

On behalf of all of our members, the QLGRA has lodged a comprehensive submission to the Queensland state government’s review of council sustainability, conducted by the Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee.

You can access the full document here: 2017 QLGRA Sustainability Submission.

Supporting documentation can be accessed here:

2017 QLGRA Sustainability Submission Supporting Documents.

New media release

Latest Media Release – June 2017

Text of above media statement:

MEDIA STATEMENT 23 June 2017.

QLGRA is recognised as the peak representative state wide body for ratepayer groups and other organisations with interests in local council matters and has been representing these groups since 2013.
Today we are proud to stand with Hon Rob Pyne (MP Cairns) and support him in his efforts to have an ICAC style inquiry convened to fully investigate the allegations of corruption and misconduct that have become apparent throughout councils in Queensland.
It is our opinion that CCC Operation Belcarra has only scratched the surface of the hidden systemic abuse of power within councils to the detriment of the people these councils are supposed to represent.
Both major parties, while in government, have ignored the multitude of complaints, that go back as far as 1999, and it is well past time for this unacceptable situation to be resolved, so as to be able to return councils to their proper role without secrecy and the enablement to hide corruption and misconduct.
We call upon the current government to act and convene an Independent Inquiry immediately. Such an inquiry should not be inhibited, and have broad ranging terms of reference to allow it to follow any and all leads that it may uncover.
QLGRA has supported Rob Pyne’s actions since he tabled his first documents in October 2015, and believe he has been extremely responsible in his use of Parliamentary Privilege to bring to the notice of the people of Qld, the government and authorities the anomalies, toxic cultures and corruption within councils.
Rob Pyne is the only parliamentarian who has persevered against formidable opposition to truly represent the people of Queensland and bring to light what now must become an open Independent Inquiry.
ICAC NOW!

Colin Hewett
Chair.

New survey launched

QLGRA has launched a new survey on councils: ‘How Well Does Your Council Serve Your Local Community?’

We’re gathering data on how well councils are serving individuals and local communities. We’d like to know if they are improving or getting worse, and especially the effect of boundary changes (such as amalgamations).

We use skip logic – so you can choose to complete the survey in under 10 minutes or to give more detailed responses if you have the time. There’s also an option to provide detail on rate increases over time. It is completely anonymous unless you choose to include your contact details.

Please consider contributing – and encourage everyone you know to have their say too.  The survey page on our website is: https://qlgralliance.org.au/surveys/