Redland City Council to flag issues like dog laws, respect in Parliament at 2020 Local Government Association of Queensland conference

PROBLEMS TO BE AIRED: Redland City Council has identified six issues it will flag at the 2020 LGAQ conference.
PROBLEMS TO BE AIRED: Redland City Council has identified six issues it will flag at the 2020 LGAQ conference.

DOG laws, election failures and respect in Parliament are among the issues which will be raised by Redlands representatives at a Queensland council conference in October.

Redland City Council will send two councillors, mayor Karen Williams and new Division 7's Rowanne McKenzie, to the Local Government Association of Queensland conference this year to advocate for key issues they have identified.

The full list of issues was supported at today's general meeting.

It covers local government's power to conduct elections, dog management regulations, more respectful debate in Parliament, regional funding, prescriptive planning and asset sustainability ratio.

A review of state government dog laws is high on the agenda for council.

Cr Williams said current state rules had flaws when it came to dealing with serious dog attacks.

"In recognition of the significant community safety risks, council seeks to strengthen the conditions around keeping a regulated dog, establish offence categories for dog attacks, ensure victims are supported and provide clarity on enclosure guidelines," she said.

She said council also wanted more considerate debate in state and federal Parliament.

"While the community expects political debate to be robust, they also expect it to be respectful," she said.

Council also wanted local governments to be given the right to conduct elections in-house or engage a contractor, after technical issues plagued this year's election process.

"ECQ has had significant performance failures, instances of administrative errors and considerable delays in declaring results," she said.

"A change to the (Local Government Electoral Act) would enable local governments to (have) greater control over service delivery, transparency, probity and timely release of results to the community."

Cr Williams said Redland City Council would advocate for less complex state government planning systems, after state regulations prevented council from capping minimum lot sizes in the city plan.

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