Redlands Mayor to raise need for clearer planning framework at 124th Local Government Association of Queensland's Annual Conference on Gold Coast

REPRESENTING: Cr Rowanne McKenzie and Redland Mayor Karen Williams are councils official delegates at the LGAQ Conference on the Gold Coast this week.
REPRESENTING: Cr Rowanne McKenzie and Redland Mayor Karen Williams are councils official delegates at the LGAQ Conference on the Gold Coast this week.

Redland City Council will fly the Redlands Coast flag at the Local Government Association of Queensland conference on the Gold Coast this week.

Mayor Karen Williams and Cr Rowanne McKenzie are at the conference to advocate for a number of key projects and initiatives on behalf of the community.

The conference brings together delegates from all tiers of government, external stakeholders and the media to consider the challenges facing local governments and their communities.

Cr Williams said in addition to a number of resolutions council was putting to the conference she would also be speaking with fellow Queensland mayors about key projects included in council's 2020 State Election Advocacy Plan.

"Key amongst our state election advocacy priorities are better transport infrastructure and clearer planning laws and I will be looking to discuss these opportunities at the conference with my fellow mayors and state MPs in attendance," she said.

Cr Williams said she had also asked candidates in the seats of Capalaba, Redlands, Oodgeroo and Springwood to provide comment on their level of support for each project and initiative included in our advocacy plan.

"So far the responses have been slow coming back so council has again reminded candidates that we will be making their responses public so the community is across their priorities ahead of the election," she said.

Cr Williams said among the items to be raised by council at the annual conference was the need for clearer planning framework.

"We will be advocating for a state government planning system that is easier for the community to understand and meets their expectations.

"Council has long argued that the state's current, performance-based planning system allows too much flexibility in how the overall outcomes of relevant codes are achieved, creating uncertainty within the community," she said.

Redland City Council would also present a case to the conference for better recognition of, and financial support for, regional challenges.

"We are a city of islands and have one of the largest, un-bridged island populations in the country.

"In recognition of our island communities' unique social, economic and isolation issues compared with the rest of the city, we have long advocated for our islands to be considered regional under state government funding allocations," she said.

Other items to be tabled at the conference include:

  • . Local Governments' Powers to Conduct Elections
  • . Regulated Dog Management Review
  • . More Respectful Debate in Parliament
  • . Asset Sustainability Ratio

To read council's 2020 State Election Advocacy Plan, visit Council's website.