Changes to Local Government Act passed

REGIONAL contractors may have a better shot of scoring work with Queensland councils after changes to the Local Government Act passed through Parliament.

Queensland Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said the changes meant councils had more power to give contracts to businesses in their area.

"This levels the playing field to make it easier for smaller local contractors to compete with the big boys when competing for council projects," Mr Crisafulli said.

Each council can now choose to give a higher priority to "developing local business and industry" when it puts out a contract for tender.

Value for money, open competition, fair deal and environmental protection may also be given priority by councils.


Changes should cut down on interference

NEW changes to how councils plan their regions should help cut down state interference in local government proposals.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said the changes were made to how planning schemes were made through the Making and Amending Local Planning Instruments guideline.

Mr Seeney said the change was part of the state's overhaul of regional planning .

"It sets out both the local and state government's obligations and timeframes for their fulfilment.

"The revised process empowers local governments to make decisions and reduces intervention by the state government in local planning matters."

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